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The Plain of Bitter Honey - Alan Chin I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It wasn't that this was a bad book, per say, but it felt like the story itself was secondary to a lot of high minded ideals, thoughts, and principals. The plot seemed to move in skips, and jumps, and sometimes I found myself lost because it seems things had moved forward, and I wasn't really sure why. This confused feeling flowed over into the characters themselves.The characters seemed poorly formed, and it was hard for me to understand who they were are people. The disconnect between their thoughts and actions, and sometimes even their thoughts made it difficult for me to form a clear picture of who they were, and why they did the thing they did. The twin's connection felt too supernatural for the harsh, and gritty world. It was almost too idealized, and it didn’t fit into the story well. The secondary characters were even harder to understand than the primary, and their motivations and actions seemed to come out of almost nowhere. The "villain" felt too cartoonish, and over the top for me. He just seemed to have no real depth, or motivation, and considering the way the characters thought it seemed odd. The world building felt almost too over the top. The history read like some progressive nightmare, and seemed too extreme to be believed. It's hard to create a plausible alt-history, and this one didn't work for me. The boundaries of their world felt a bit fuzzy to me. They keep talking about going to Canada, but Canada is a pretty big place. The cannibals were another sticking point. I didn't know why they were there, how they came about, or what purpose they were supposed to serve. When Aaron talks about them late in the book he almost seems to respect them, but they are brutal, slaving, cannibals, so that really threw me for a loop. I didn’t really like the ending either. It wasn’t that it wasn’t happy, but it some ways it seemed too supernatural, and too easy. I didn’t see where all this talk was going to change anything.Which leads me to my last gripe, the philosophy grated on my nerves. It's one thing to live those ideals in a more peaceful time and place, but to lord these high minded ideals over people when your living in your sheltered little Utopia, and another when you are living in the reality of their world. All the talk of selfishness, and non-violence made me think that the characters were out of touch, and the constant drug usage didn't help matters either. I just felt like the plot and the characters weren't strong enough or consistent enough to carry the weight of all these big ideas, and the disconnect I felt left me unable to really enjoy reading this story. It might work for someone else, but it did not work for me.