Mrr Synopsis: Two hundred years after the apocalypse poisoned the atmosphere and almost ended humanity, the last remaining sanctuary is in danger of dying from lack of oxygen. Desperate measures require Mrr, a time scientist, to return in time to find a substance that will save the Dome. But Mrr finds himself in a bewildering new world and makes critical misjudgments that threaten to ruin, not save, the Dome. Enter the mutants who discover the Domers have been stealing their resources for years. The Mole People prepare to attack the Dome and take back what they feel is rightfully theirs. Alternately hilarious and deadly serious, this wild ride finally explodes in an unexpected climax that will blow your mind. -Goodreads
Mrr has an interesting premise which, sadly, doesn’t seem ridiculously far-fetched. However, for the most part, the book just did not appeal to me. I never managed to get past the point of remote interest about some of the technological aspects until the last quarter of the book, though I will admit there were some scenes that made me giggle.
The Mutants/Moles don’t really get introduced until the halfway point in the book, and by that time my interest had already waned pretty dramatically. It wasn’t until it hit about 3/4 done that I felt like I was actually reading some serious action. Stuff had happened before then, yes, but not in any way that drew me in.
The author does do a good job communicating the interesting issues that ‘aliens’ would have adapting to a world they are completely unfamiliar with. The time travel aspect was cool and enough though it has been done lots of times, the author manages to add his own twist in a couple ways, even including one with religious implications.
There’s nothing bad about this book. I didn’t hate it, or anything like that. It just never really managed to hook me, and if you’re not hooked early on it, its really hard to care about what you’re reading. I would still recommend others give it a try, even if it didn’t ‘do it’ for me.
EDITED TO ADD: While this review will stay the same, I wanted to note that the author responded very well to the critique I gave him, and has re-ordered the book a bit to make things happen sooner. I haven’t read the revised version, but when I do, I’ll re-evaluate.