Book Review: Neptune’s Tears

Book Review: Neptune’s TearsNeptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner
Series: Timedance #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 25th 2013
Pages: 224
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London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She’s focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he’s one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee’s sure he’s attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it’s too late for Zee. She’s losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she’s determined to follow him—no matter how far it may take her.

I love books that surprise you. That take what you think you know and show you that it isn't always the big picture, or show that you are completely wrong about what you thought you knew the whole time. Neptune's Tears is one of those types of reads. Part science fiction. Part romance. And a whole lots of other bits and pieces mixed in.

The story starts in the year 2218. Zee, our main character, is an up and coming empath. A person who connects with others to find the source of their pain, and assists with getting a person the proper treatment, or coming to terms with them passing on. In the midst of a great tragedy in her country, Zee meets David. A stranger who she feels an instant connection with despite her better judgment. But David has a secret. He is not human.

Neptune's Tears was a great read for reasons that I didn't think it would be. The world building and characterization of the alien race was beyond anything I had hoped for. And while the alien concept could have been weird or even awkward, it wasn't. Part of that probably being that these beings and their background really wasn't the center of Neptune's Tears. It was almost a little bit of a side story that blended in with the overall picture.

At its heart, Neptune's Tears was about the romance between Zee and David, and all the struggles that they go through to be together. Zee was such a great character, but there were times that I felt like she could have been better. I just didn't always click with her. As for David, I liked him enough. However, the situation that he is in, which makes a lot more sense at the end, caused him really to be an unreliable romantic interest. You want to like him because Zee does, but there were times that I kept thinking, what in the world does she see in him?

Final Verdict:

Neptune's Tears is one of those books that I think you will either like or you won't. Although, I finished it rather quickly, there were times when things dragged on probably more than they should have. Additionally, Neptune's Tears is one of those reads that really throw you with the ending. Making you question everything you thought you knew. While I loved the twist at the end, it came across a little awkward. Rushing to explain certain events that I thought might have worked out better if there had been a few hints along the way.

Will I read the next installment:

Due to the twist, I think I might have to. There are plenty of loose threads that I need some answers to.

 

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2 responses to “Book Review: Neptune’s Tears

  1. This sounds really interesting. I definitely want to check it out at some point. The empath part drew me in but the world building and twist ending sound good, too! Great review!

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