Book Review: The Gates of Dawn, R. E. Palmer

You may recall a review I wrote a while ago, in which I wrote about The Never Dawn and Cloud Cuckoo. Well, I’ve finally managed to finish the trilogy, and I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about it!

Let’s begin with a recap. You can read the full review here, or you can purchase the trilogy here on Amazon.  However, if you prefer the feeling of paper in your hands over an e-reader; Roy got in touch with me recently to tell me some great news, he’s going to be bringing the books out in paperback! If you look closely at them, you might even see a quote from yours truly gracing the cover! 

In the previous two novels, we met Noah, Rebekah and their friends in a world of strife and inflexible routine. Through those two novels, I was rooting for Noah and Rebekah’s relationship, desperate for them to find some stability and happiness. By then end of Cloud Cuckoo, oh, it was so close for them. I could taste it. I was eager to discover what their happy ending was going to be. Would they have children? Would Rebekah finally see the sea? 

The Gates of Dawn surprised me as a novel, Roy’s style has certainly developed and the tale was full of twists, turns and the inevitable disappointments that I have come to expect from Noah’s world. So any loose ends were tied up, some new threads were introduced and woven into the story with apparent ease by Roy. I love the way that the reader is given so much hope, and it is dashed time and again as the characters fail, or are prevented from achieving their goals.

Mother continues to be a thorn in our protagonists’ sides. She has a way of adapting and changing through the novels which is reminiscent of the Borg Queen. Her notions of protection terrify me when one considers them in relation to the ‘protective’ and ‘preventative’ measures some of our global leaders wish to employ. She is very well written, and a fantastic example of the dangers of power unchecked. 

It irks me that I can’t discuss in detail the finer points of the novel, the intelligence of the story and the ways in which Roy leads the reader through the story. The description is enough to build images in the readers’ heads without forcing their perception in a certain direction.

The ending was not entirely unexpected, but I was hoping that it would be a little, well, jollier. However, Roy’s ability to inspire hope in his readers gives me the impression that one day, far away from here in the recesses of mine and Roy’s imagination, there will be happiness for all.  

As with most of the books I review, I would urge anyone to read it. Be prepared to cry.  

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