Beyond Dinocalypse by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beyond Dinocalypse is a surprisingly engrossing tale. Surprising because for a pulp book, it spends so much time with its main characters in despair. For readers of the first book, the beginning is surprisingly dark. And it makes the characters grow over the course of the book leading me to be genuinely cheering for them at the end.
The key of pulp is hope and confidence. The heroes of pulp are expected to be competent characters, able to apply their will and abilities to whatever the world throws at them. So it is a surprise to see the book start of a world of defeat, with one of our main characters cynical and on the verge of defeat, both personally and the world our heroes fight for.
This gulf between what is expected and how Beyond Dinocalypse begins leads to a lot of room for character development. We have heroes and villians interacting with each other and their relationships evolve as each has their own goals and vision for what is best for themselves and the future they want to see.
This is a great second book of the series. The many facets of each of the characters, even the secondary characters, that comes out as they interact with each of the others was surprising for something that I thought would just be fun, mindless reading (not that there is anything wrong with that). Highly recommended.
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