Plot/Idea: Earthshine, following Surviving the Waning, struggles with reintroducing characters naturally, turning towards transparency, rather than subtlety, when trying to connect with readers.
Prose: Ayers's text flows quite well, but the structure might be simplified in order to advance the narrative. There are moments of stilted phrasing that overreach, but the dialogue makes a solid attempt at authenticity.
Originality: Earthshine admirably addresses the impacts of trauma but lacks the perspective needed to give these issues new depth. The novel's scope is ambitious and worthy of broader exploration.
Character Development/Execution: Ayers crafts characters who are relatable, with plausible conflicts and realistic struggles. Reader interest may wane somewhat when their interactions sacrifice novelty for the methodical.
Date Submitted: August 25, 2022