BEST ADVENTURE STORY
First thoughts on World On A String
Title and Summary
The title is unique and thought provoking, very interesting and eye catching at first glance, it makes the potential reader wonder what the story might be about. The summary is straight to the point, intriguing and engages the reader immediately. It covers the basic plot of the story without spoiling anything and makes the reader want to read it.
The cover art is well done and somewhat shows what the story will be about, it could be a little more clean cut though to further engage readers.
The story is an science-fiction story that has parallel universes, different planets and advanced spacecraft which means that there’s a lot of information to take in, but we feel that the author succeeded in explaining what was going on without making things too confusing.
The plot problem starts in the beginning of the story, making it more enjoyable to read without the draggy introduction episodes some stories usually have. It is an “end of the world” plot which is quite common and can appear boring, uninteresting and/or unoriginal at first glance. The ‘meeting the other you’ storyline was also generic. But we feel like this story does have some individual plot points that makes this story stand out, even though the plot can come across as generic.
We also liked that the reader could decide whether to have a romantic subplot or not, readers who wants to have a story without an romance can choose to do so. Another plus was that the romantic storyline is well executed and made sense with the story. We thoroughly enjoyed this feature in the story.
Story content and flow
We thought that the story panned out well and had a really good pace, making up for the slightly cliche plot. The story was also well-developed and enjoyable to read. No holes in logic as well, as everything was well explained and makes sense. A lot of science-fiction stories usually have plot holes or doesn’t make sense but this story is an exception. Length of episodes were adequate, not too long but not too short. Vocabulary utilised was generally of higher than average caliber, which we appreciated. World on a String was also humorously written, we enjoyed it very much. In general, this story was very well written and a pleasure to read, despite it’s lack of obvious originality.
The story had no noticeable grammatical errors and was technically perfect. However, we thought that it would have been better to have sound effects throughout the entire story. There was only a ‘gasp’ sound effect at the end of the first episode for example, which really shocked us because it came out of nowhere. There could’ve been choices included for a more interactive experience. But otherwise, the lack of technical and grammatical errors made the story even more pleasant.
Impact of the story based on the genre submitted
The story fits into the typical adventure category very well, like mentioned it is an science fiction story but because there’s no such category on Episode yet we feel like this story fits best into the adventure category well. There’s both the adventure of finding another planet to live on but also something of an emotional/personal adventure where you can see the characters grow and mature.
Directing was excellent, and the story was realistic logically, and emotionally (characters’ emotions.).
World on a String is an excellently written story with an addictive storyline. The directing is well executed and there were no noticeable errors, this story is a perfect example of how a science-fiction/adventure story should be like.
If you’re looking for a science-fiction story packed with adventure, action and some comedy thrown in there you definitely should read World on a String.
Note that this review has been edited and proofread by Aisha.