Monday, 3 March 2014
Review: Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 6th, 2014
Where Megan lives it's forever dusk: an endless indigo sky above a wounded land that's slowly dying. Ever since the 'visitors' came, the world has stopped turning. No one sleeps, everyone's afraid. But Megan wants to know what's coming. She'll stop at nothing to save those she loves. She'll ride across a forsaken wilderness to where the rock splits the sky to set the world spinning again - and discover what she's truly made of.
Where the Rock Splits the Sky was a strange book for me. It started off well and drew me in, but by the halfway mark it seemed to go in a completely different direction. I think my main problem was that it didn't know what it wanted to be, and instead in ended up being part dystopian sci-fi and part western. The two angles didn't mesh at all, and I think a little more focus would have made a huge difference.
It's all well and good me sitting here writing this review complaining about a book, but of course I didn't write it and I appreciate how much time and effort went into creating this story. There are elements which I liked, including the initial premise and the main protagonist, Megan. I just wish there had been more time dedicated to explaining and exploring the state of the world, the effect of the world ceasing to turn and the devastation it caused. That was a brilliant idea and the best part of the book, though sadly underused in my opinion.
This was the first of Philip Webb's books I've read and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed his writing. I was completely lost in Megan's new world until it because more western than sci-fi, though that's no reflection on the writing! Where the Rock Splits the Sky could have been amazing, but for me it just missed the mark and didn't quite live up to expectations. I'm keen to read more by Philip Webb, though, and I hope I'll enjoy myself a bit more than I did in this instance.