Early Review: Neptune’s Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

June 23, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Early Review: Neptune’s Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan WaggonerNeptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner
Series: Timedance #1
Genres: Fantasy
Excerpt: Excerpt
Published by Henry Holt & Co on June 25, 2012
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

Sexual content

Kissing, implied sex but not described

London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She’s focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he’s one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee’s sure he’s attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it’s too late for Zee. She’s losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she’s determined to follow him—no matter how far it may take her

NEPTUNE’S TEARS was a delightful start to the Timedance series. With a multi-faceted main character, and a sweet romance, I was engaged through all of its twists and turns and I almost felt like it ended too quickly. In a landscape littered with dystopian futuristic stories, NEPTUNE’S TEARS stands out as a book telling a fantastical future story that feels a lot closer to reality than some.

NEPTUNE’S TEARS could almost fall into the new adult category. Zee is 17, but since she’s not in school, and she has a full time job, she feels a little older, and the romance progresses the way an adult romance would, not like teenagers sneaking around behind their parents’ backs. I sometimes forgot that Zee was so young, since she frequently sounded older, but then she would have very realistic 17 year old moments.  Told from Zee's point of view, this story was mostly about her and less about everything around her. There wasn’t a lot of focus on the world building, except where she interacted with it. In this case, it was fine with me, because I really liked Zee and I liked seeing her growth and decision making change over the course of the story. There were some moments when we get small hints of David’s point of view that left me hungry for more detail of who or what he was. The concept of aliens from a world without art, sent to Earth to study our culture was intriguing and offers a lot of possibilities for future world building.

The writing in NEPTUNE’S TEARS was the best part. It’s the type of writing where it almost doesn’t feel like anything is happening, but then you’re finished and you feel like you were right there the whole time. It was very lackadaisical- I got lost in the words and they flowed at a smooth, relaxed pace. It was as if the story was unfolding in front of me like real life. Not everything is always exciting or action packed, but all the moments together added up to a full picture of Zee and the small period of time that we got to spend with her and those around her.

My only complaint was the huge cliffhanger on practically the very last page. Not only did it leave the story significantly unresolved, but now I have to wait to find out what happens! Also, because of the length of NEPTUNE’S TEARS, I almost felt like it didn’t need to have the cliffhanger- it could have kept going. Regardless, I’ll be first in line for STARLIGHT’S EDGE, the next in the Timedance series, when it comes out in September.

Series Titles

  1. Neptune's Tears
  2. Starlight's Edge
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