You know, nothing gets me more than when someone rides the coattails of another's epic adventure. Sometimes, ideas are hard to come by, I get that, but Bonecrusher, by Ambrose Isben, felt like a very close copy of 2013's blockbuster hit, Pacific Rim! I'm not saying it's not a good story, but when I read the book, all I kept doing was flashing backing to the movie and how I just wasn't interested! I finished the book, but it was rather difficult.
So why was it hard to read? Bonecrusehr is about a man, Silvio, who's a boxer; and not a good one. He's just been handed his butt to him on a wooden platter, he got so beaten down he's blind in one eye and there's no money coming in to care for his girlfriend and daughter. Why? Because Silvio is selfish! His dream of wining the Golden Gloves has pushed him so long, he's foregone any desire to have nice things or nice things for his family. His sacrifice was theirs too!
He's never worked a real job in his life- all for the sake of boxing. And because of this, they live in a run-down apartment in a not so great part of town and living hand to mouth. Until he realizes he can never box again. Then he goes on a tangent, throwing tantrums and breaking his own furniture and stuff! He was a brat! It wasn't until he was offered a job for a multi-million dollar corporation that he's feeling top again. But at what cost?
And at the same time, in Lake Lilliana, someone's awakened Godzilla- I mean a Kaiju- I mean... Colossus. Or Colly, since that's what the folks in Michigan are calling the giant, reptilian monster that rose from the deep! So what happens? Good old Silvio is called to battle. He's gonna box the kaiju into oblivion, then cut it down with his Voltron-like sword! I was like, "Really?"
I grew tired of Silvio's pity parties, his tantrums and all. Then when he finally got the job of a lifetime, sucked his health dry and kept him away from his family for months on end, THEN he worried about something other than fame, notoriety and money! But it's too late dude! I just wasn't happy with it. Normally I'm not this hard on a book- I respect all authors and their work, but this was just not his story. It was everyone else's story, with a loser boxer in the middle of it all.
The book is part of a four book collection, so it ends on a cliffhanger, but I won't be looking for it. It could very well end on an awesome note, but the concept, to me, is like plagiarism- so I'm not interested. if you've not seen Pacific Rim, you'll love this, but if you grew up on Ultra Man, Voltron, and other similar shows and then LOVED Pacific Rim, you'll understand where I'm coming from.
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*You Are My Best Friend is next.
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