Apocalypse Books Miscellaneous Science Fiction

Tabitha – Promising blurb but unfortunately I found it rather meh.

I found the blurb of this book quite promising and I let myself be seduced by the many five star reviews on Goodreads. Unfortunately, as far as I am concerned, this book did not live up to its promises. I actually contemplated to give it a two star rating on Goodreads but it is to well written for that.

Tabitha by Andrew Hall
My rating: 5 out of 10 stars

TabithaNothing could prepare Tabitha Jones for the dead infested world she woke up to. Robbed of her loved ones and altered by the venom of an alien species, she’s forced to leave her old life behind and survive the ruins of Earth.

Haunted with grief and pursued relentlessly by monstrous swarms and desperate survivors, Tabitha must face her own changing nature and ever-evolving abilities as she searches for the remnants of civilisation. But when humanity turns on her, and the alien threat hunts their hybrid creation ever more obsessively, Tabitha quickly realises that there’s only one side left to fight for – her own.

I found the blurb of this book quite promising and I let myself be seduced by the many five star reviews on Goodreads. Unfortunately, as far as I am concerned, this book did not live up to its promises. I actually contemplated to give it a two star rating on Goodreads but it is too well written for that.

The short of it is that Tabitha gets stung by an alien spider at the eve of an invasion of Earth. Once she wakes up she has mutated, and continues to mutate. Of course when she wakes up it is in a post apocalyptic world where aliens roam the lands.

It sounded quite good and the books poster picture seems to portray Tabitha as a bit of a bad-ass. Unfortunately she is nothing of the kind. At the beginning of the book Tabitha starts off her “human” life as a bit of a looser. Okay, she is about to mutate after all so I thought let’s see what happens…

Unfortunately Tabitha continues to be a bit of a looser. She rarely does anything herself except reacting to whatever gets thrown in her way. The plot progresses quite slowly. There are lot of detailed descriptions of the environment as well as Tabitha’s thoughts which would have been okay if the plot would actually have moved on a bit but it does not. Apart from being quite slow it actually becomes a bit repetitive. Tabitha experiences one bad encounter after another but they are all somewhat similar and, quite frankly, it got a bit boring after a while.

I would have expected Tabitha to evolve during her voyage and she does indeed develop a few new abilities but she never wakes up from he sleepy walk through the countryside. She never “grows up” and takes command. She is mostly hiding in her own miserable wallowing and the thought of actually doing something with her abilities never seems to occur to her except in senseless fits of emotional outbursts.

Another gripe I have with this book is that almost everyone she encounters are assholes in various degrees. I mean come on, they are really stupid, short sighted dickheads! It is like a mash-up of X-Files, The Walking Dead and I do not know what. It does not matter if it is aliens or humans or other hybrids. They are simply assholes with a few exceptions.

As a result the book felt way too long, quite boring at times as well as rather depressing. It was far from the strong mutant woman story that I hoped it would be. The book is quite well written but the story is not…well, not so good as far as I am concerned.

The ending? Well…meh!

One comment

  1. I do agree with your disappointment on Tabitha’s lack of badassness. However, Tabitha was a total pushover before the mutation, meek, lowest self esteem, shy, afraid to speak up to anyone. So I find her characterisation through out the invasion quite believable. One small detail; she did grow, it’s only that she didn’t turn into this amazing dominant vampire queen personality which we like to read about in paranormal genre. Well, that was predictable, she unconsciously directed her mutation to feed from sun and water. Plantish existance, peaceful being. Totally in line with her start up character.

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