Barnes And Noble Gives Kill All Angels One Hell Of A Review

Barnes and Noble gives Kill All Angels one of the best reviews I’ve ever read. I mean, I’m always happy when somebody gets the important themes in my books (though like they say in the piece, the themes themselves are hard to miss), but it’s extra special when they get why those themes are important in the first place. A hell of a note to end a series on.

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  1. John

    Oh nice! That’s a really flattering review – it doesn’t really capture your style but hits the themes angle really well (though they did get Jie’s name wrong)

    Despite wanting to savor it, I burned through KAA in just a couple days. It’s more like feeding an addiction than I’d like to admit. Can’t wait to hear about what’s next!

    Zang is so much fun to read, like an anti-hero taken to the farthest possible extreme – he’s immediately one of my favorite characters. The shifts from flat to ‘fake personality’ have always been terrifying to envision. It’s interesting seeing the similarities and differences between the Empty ones (now that we’ve had several more perspectives) and other hollowed out, order-based, single purpose judge-y characters out there.

    The time and perspective shifts do a decent job of disguising that the actual length of ‘primary’ story (present-day, for all that means) is pretty damn short. I feel like there was a fair amount of thought that went into how you presented the events in the order they went and the decision to keep the number of plot beats in the A story to a literal handful while spending the majority of the book providing explanation and context. It all works, in my opinion, but the more I think on it the more it feels like a pretty rare style.

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    1. Robert Brockway Post author

      I tried to create good ‘stopping points’ with each book, so the reader wouldn’t feel quite so tortured while waiting for the next one to come out, but this is definitely a connected series. None of the books are standalone, not even The Unnoticeables — there’s just too many threads left open at the end to consider it a satisfying volume in its own right. And that makes sense, because we conceived of, and sold all three at the same time. I was wrapping up book two and already writing three by the time the first one actually hit shelves. So if you consider the whole plot structure across all three books, it hopefully paces out a bit better, and the modern story doesn’t feel quite so short. But yeah, taken on their own, their layouts are really strange. The Unnoticeables is more weighted to the present story, The Empty Ones is weighted to the past, and Kill All Angels is scattered across all the points we need clarification on — past, present, alternate viewpoint, and future. The outlines were pretty wacky to look at. Lots of just looping arrows.

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