From Torchwood star John Barrowman, and Carole Barrowman, an epic thriller that finds Captain Jack and Gwen in a race to save humanity itself.
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice — the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales.
Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.
Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him — but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…
I just…never really got into it.
In terms of storytelling, it’s closer to a Miracle Day type of story than series 1 or 2 (or even 3) Torchwood. But the plot didn’t always make sense to me. I sometimes felt like the characters should have connected the dots sooner than they did. And I’m not sure all is fully explained by the end.
In terms of characters, while I appreciate them bringing lots of old Torchwood characters in, many of them are sidelined pretty quickly (Gwen) or do not really serve any real purpose in the story (Rex). The new characters – the crew of the Ice Maiden – are quite likeable. As this is more of an adventure story than a character story (at least to me), they’re the characters you learn the most about in the book as they’re new. The authors know the regular Torchwood characters (obviously Jack is spot-on) but I didn’t feel like I learned anything new about them or that they evolved in any way.
I absolutely adore this book. John and Carole really managed to bring the characters to life again. Especially Jack whom the story concentrates on the most. I especially LOVE the first half of the book and the beginnings in Peru. It’s so beautifully written, I can’t get it out of my head. When he later on meets up with Gwen and Rhys, I had tears in my eyes to see them together again. I just wish the book had been a bit longer because the ending felt very rushed and I am still not sure if I understood the ending. But since the rest was really well done, I don’t mind it that much.