Review: Refraction by Terry Geo

48348776__SY475_Refraction by Terry Geo

Published: October 4, 2019 by Amazon Digital Services

Buy this book at: Amazon

Synopsis:Most stories start at the beginning; this one begins at the end. At least for Maria.

Her sudden death sends shockwaves through her family and pushes her grieving mother to the very brink of insanity. After exhausting every avenue conventional medicine has to offer, Maria’s father, Henry, brings together the world’s greatest minds in the hope of carving out a new path.

Months pass, and as Henry watches his beloved Elena slowly drift away, he begins to lose faith. It is only then that a solution presents itself. A discovery so momentous, it saves Elena and reveals the most important scientific and technological breakthrough in modern history.

Silicate is founded; a privately funded facility which delves deeper into the human mind, able to discover answers to questions we are yet to ask. Securing Silicate’s secrets becomes of utmost importance; even after treating hundreds of patients, the public are still unaware of the wonders and terrifying reality Silicate has unearthed . . .
The world you know is only half the story.

Rating: 4 star


***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!***

This book was everything I hoped for and yet nothing that I expected. I had hoped for a story about a shady company with a secret plan that stumbles onto something they didn’t expect. I got that. But I also got more than that, which I didn’t expect but I enjoyed.

This is a debut self-published novel and I must say that this was very well done. The cover is nice (anyone who’s read my reviews know how drool-y I get over good cover art), the synopsis is intriguing, it was well edited, the characters were engaging and the narrative was well paced.

I had a few complaints, mostly related to how characters behave with each other. I got a cardboard cutout feeling from a few people. I never connected with Jake, for example. I really wanted to like him, but he was just bland. Like a slice of plain toast. I wanted to like him but there was literally no personality to him. Similarly with Terrell (had to edit, somehow I confused the character and the author’s names, whoopsie!). I wanted to like him, but there was no depth to his character.

I also found it slightly annoying that everyone in Abby’s life can’t seem to use her name. In one two sentence exchange, her mother would call her “darling” at least twice. In a longer back and forth conversation, every sentence the mother uttered would include a “darling.” Now, I have a daughter. I have a lot of cutesy nicknames for my daughter, that I use a lot. And I do mean, A LOT. But not that much. I found it unnatural and irritating.

Those two points aside, I found the book wonderful. The story was well paced and gave me just the right amount of information to lead me down the merry path that the author wished me to take. That path ultimately led me to right where the author wanted me to be, not expecting the resolution at all. I can’t really call it a twist, because it wasn’t a twist. I also didn’t expect it or see it coming at all. Sometimes that would be a bad thing because it would mean that the author didn’t do a good job in hinting at his bigger story. But in this case I think the author did exactly the right job. We are supposed to see Silicate as this shadow company that is up to no good. That’s how these stories go right? Not necessarily.

On the whole, I really loved this book. It was a refreshing, imaginative story that is told very well. The author indicated that he would visit this world again in the future, I certainly hope he does because I want to know what comes next.


4 thoughts on “Review: Refraction by Terry Geo

  1. Hi Stefani,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book and write an honest and comprehensive review. Even though it didn’t reach the dizzying heights of five stars, I really enjoyed what you wrote. You seem to genuinely enjoy the story and complimented the cover, pacing and editing, which for me, is a win!

    Amusingly, everyone who has read it so far has shared their likes and dislikes of different characters for different reasons. This is the first time Jake has popped up in the dislike pile. I guess with him, as he comes from such a rural, sheltered background, I felt he would naturally be in awe of what was happening and get swept along with the others. As for Abby, I’ve never had a child but I do have a somewhat fatherly bond with her as she was the first character I created. I call everyone close to me either babe or darling (there’s no escaping I’m gay here is there!) so I guess that’s why. Sorry for the overuse – now you’ve made me wonder if people get slightly annoyed by my overuse in real life as well?!

    Obviously, putting myself out there with my first novel, I had no idea what the response would be. I’m an unknown author, self-publishing, writing a science-fiction story that doesn’t follow any of the usual tropes and features a lot more diversity than a book of this genre usually contains. Is my story engaging enough? Are the characters likeable? Does the pacing work? Did I miss anything on 100+ edits it went through? All these questions and more constantly circle around my head. So, when I read a review like yours, it gives me that boost, that reassurance that all those 16 hour days and sleepless nights were worth it.

    Thank you!


    PS: There’s a slight mistake in your review, after mentioning Jake, you said “Similarly with Terry.” I’m not so egotistical to name a character after myself! lol (Who did you mean? Please don’t say Padman!)

    1. Dang it, I do have the wrong name sorry about that. I meant Terrell, I will edit for clarity. Padman was fabulous, I adored him. And Ryder and Isabell. Abby was great too. Jake and Terrell were the only ones I just didn’t connect with and felt were a bit cardboard-y.

      I am glad you liked the review, it was a very fun book. I look forward to seeing what else comes out of that world.

      PS. I loved the diversity of the world. It was not in my face and done for the sake of being diverse. It was just real people. I always appreciate that.

    1. Thank you, I do my very best to be as balanced as possible. Almost everything has good things and bad things about it. The cover is very pretty and the water drops tie right in. I also take review requests from authors, so if you are ever in need of a review feel free to send it to me.

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