The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky – Review

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adult
Publication Date: August 20th 2020
Pages: 608
Representation: LGBTQ+
My Rating: 2.5/5

They thought we were safe. They were wrong.

Four years ago, two girls went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor. Only one came back.

Lee thought she’d lost Mal, but now she’s miraculously returned. But what happened that day on the moors? And where has she been all this time? Mal’s reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by MI5 officers either, and Lee isn’t the only one with questions.

Julian Sabreur is investigating an attack on top physicist Kay Amal Khan. This leads Julian to clash with agents of an unknown power – and they may or may not be human. His only clue is grainy footage, showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Dr Khan’s research was theoretical; then she found cracks between our world and parallel Earths. Now, these cracks are widening, revealing extraordinary creatures. And as the doors crash open, anything could come through.

Goodreads link: here

First of all, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book. Now about the book, unfortunately, I think that the story was a little more hard sci-fi than I can handle. I can appreciate many things that this book did but ultimately I don’t think it was for me.

Things I liked:

  • I really appreciate the imagination that when into the book. I mean the amount of detailed that Tchaikovsky created for each parallel word is impressive.
  • There is LGBTQ+ representation and I felt it was done well. The characters are how they are, and he doesn’t turn them into a big deal just like he would do for the straight characters in the book.
  • I really liked Khan. She is very interesting, smart, witty, strong and stands for herself and demands people to respect how she is.
  • I enjoyed the non-human character and their differences in personality in comparison to other species.
  • I both listen to the audiobook and read the E-Arc and I thought the narrator was really, and she did a good job with different accents and coming up with how the other species might sound.

Things I didn’t like:

  • In my opinion, the main focus of the book was the world-building. It felt like the author really wanted to show his imagination and how far he can take it and as a result, the plot and the character felt to me like the took the back seat.
  • We have six different POV and I think maybe it was a little too much. Because of this, I felt like we never really got the opportunity to get attached to the characters and explore their personality which meant that to my they were flat and one dimensional. They all have a personality trait (Mel was lost in another dimension, Lee is clinging to Mel, Julian is the inspector, Alison the computer freak, Khan the math freak, etc.) but that about it.
  • Interludes. The author chose to tell us about all the different Earths and other dimensions using interlude in the forth of articles from a scientist. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this format. It took me out of the story and felt like an infodump, I would have prefered if had learned about those alternative universes in a more organic way and to be somehow tidy into the action of the main plot. Even when Mal and Lee get stuck in another world we spend 2 half chapters there before they are conveniently taken back to our Earth and during this 2 half chapters is all about bombarding us with info instead letting the two characters show us this new world, it’s inhabitants and their history.
  • Even in the story we constantly get explanations, backstories and anecdotes that don’t add anything apart from words count and if general it was too wordy for me for no reason.

Overall I think it was a little too hard Sci-fi for me and too much world-building and science. But I can see the appeal and I’m sure a lot of people, especially hard sci-fi fans will love this book.

What about you guys? Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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