My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stay tuned! At the end of this review is something REALLY COOL!
This was a great read. I generally avoid fantasy set in the modern (or sorta) world, and never considered myself a military-anything buff. So Control Point was a very-pleasant surprise. I devoured the book in two days.
Cole does a great job of building an alternative reality that’s believable and authentic. He sprinkles in fantastic nuggets of how the world we know and live in now would react to a subset of the population suddenly popping up with magical powers. He examines the political and social impact without ever moralizing or making a judgment. It would be easy to draw a clear good/evil line in a story like this and get preachy but Cole did none of that.
All of this in the middle of taking us into a fully-realized alien world full of its own creatures and cultures and believable magic system.
This is a great debut and I’m thrilled to have found it.
But because every book has its faults, I do have the following complaints:
I couldn’t give Control Point five stars because Cole used one of my pet peeve writing techniques, internal monologue. I’ve gone on record before about how much I hate IM, but I know it doesn’t bother most readers so that’s probably neither here nor there to the majority reading this.
I also agree with another reviewer who wondered when Britton would “man up.” At some point it began to feel like he debated a point with himself, only to forget the next day what he’d decided the day before.
That said, neither of those annoyances were enough to override the imaginative plot and worldbuilding and the realistic action scenes. Definitely a recommended read.
Now here’s a great example of one of the best things about Control Point:
See, this is a challenge coin for the SOC, the Supernatural Operations Corps. You don’t get detail like this unless you’ve got a well-built world. Cole not only seamlessly knit together a fantastical world with ours, but did it without you noticing. No long info-dumps, no boring explanations. Just great details like this drizzled in and among the action.
And the coolest thing about these coins?
I got one. 😉
But seriously, great book, totally worth the read.