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To Bathe in Lightning: 11/07/07
To Bathe in Lightning is the sequel to Dancing on the Volcano. I came to this book without having read the first book. I am a firm believer that books in a series should stand alone because it's not always possible to read all the books in the series.
I am feeling very mixed brained about my first time reading book by Anne Gay. She seems capable of building complex worlds and populating them with a variety of characters and cultures. Unfortunately either as a result of coming in halfway through the story or because of the nature of the Second Wave plot, I felt like an outsider only understanding every other sentence. I never really found a character I liked or comprehended. Without that connection I never really cared about all the machinations and backstabbing and whatnot even though the characters themselves were clearly fighting for their lives.
Despite my lukewarm reaction to To Bathe in Lightning I am intrigued enough by Anne Gay's writing to want to try again. If I find a copy of Dancing on the Volcano I will read it. Or if I see another of her books, I will try it too.
I read this book for the "Unread Authors Challenge" run by Sycoraxpine.