I always hate it when I can’t get through a book; I feel like I’ve let the author down. But I just couldn’t keep going on this one. Entangled by Graham Hancock is just not my cup of tea.
Entangled is a time-slip novel alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.
Entangled is the first book in a trilogy relating the story of an unrelentingly evil master magician named Sulpa who is on the loose and determined to destroy humanity. Leoni, a troubled teen from modern-day Los Angeles, and Ria, a young woman who lives in Stone Age Spain, meet in a parallel dimension outside the flow of time to stop Sulpa’s spectacular, deadly materialization of the modern world
Since I didn’t make it halfway, all I can really tell you is that the two main characters, thousands of years apart, are fighting good and evil. One is Ria, who lives 24,000 years ago, is quite talented with throwing stones and is struggling to survive the chaos around her. The other is Leoni, a seventeen year old living in modern times who is on a fast ride of destruction of sex with strangers and drugs. The other twist is that it’s not just one realm; you get glimpses into other dimensions as these two girls fight their way through situations.
Graham Hancock has one heck of an imagination, I’ll give him that. You get near death experiences, all sorts of weird creatures and a look into the lives of early humans and Neanderthals. I was very intrigued by the story’s plot. Who wouldn’t want to peak into the lives of early humans or other realms for that matter. I’m always a sucker for good vs. evil, I think we all are, and throwing in Neanderthals and a spiritual realm just makes it sweeter. I still am intrigued and am very curious how these two are connected but I am finding it really hard to continue the story.
Entangled is written where one chapter is on Ria and the next chapter is on Leoni, switching back and forth. It takes a minute to get into that new character’s world and it’s very easy to get confused about who you are reading about in the current chapter. I get that these two characters are joined in some way and both stories are unfolding to show you how, but the constant back and forth of main characters and settings gives me a headache. You barely have time to readjust before it switches again.
The characters themselves are pretty spunky, but with the constant back and forth, you don’t get a good sense of who they are. Separately the stories could be very good, but meshed together the way they are, not so much. If he’d written half the book in Ria’s eyes, under Part 1 for instance, and then Part 2 through Leoni’s eyes, it would have made more sense. And I could have finished it.
Even though Entangled couldn’t keep my attention, I can’t say that I would never pick up another Hancock novel. I wouldn’t go searching for one, but if I were to come across another book of his, I would skim it first to make sure he doesn’t skip so much before buying it.
Great review considering you couldn’t finish the book :)
I’ve read another book which kept switching between characters each chapter and even though I finished it I never really got into the book. I found switching back and forth between the viewpoints jarring.
Well, I read the ENTIRE book & absolutely loved it. Your review is an opinion and luckily for everyone else, we have a choice. The alternating chapters may have done your head in, for myself, it made the book so intense i could not stop reading until the end. I didn’t it was to be a trilogy, so maybe seeking an end to the story helped.
Still, I thought it was a great read.