Doctor Who The Price of Paradise
|Aaaah! David Tennant & Billie Piper|
Laylora - the Paradise Planet. A world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving aboriginals live in harmony with their environment. Or do they? The Doctor and Rose arrive to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing. The paradise planet has become a death trap as terrifying creatures from ancient legends appear and stalk the land... Is there a connection between the human explorers who have crash-landed and the savage monsters? What secret lies at the heart of the natives' ancient ceremonies? And what price might one human have to pay to save the only home he has ever known? When a planet itself becomes sick, can there be a cure?
The Doctor and Rose find themselves in a race against time to find out...
This was my first Doctor Who book and to be honest, this book was kind of average compared to other sci-fi books that I have read. I expected a lot from the book since I love Doctor Who (New whovians here!) But it wasn't horrible, it got interesting after a few chapters.
So, this time the TARDIS takes the Doctor and his companion, Rose to a beautiful planet named Laylora, or paradise planet as the human explorers call it. But the paradise planet seems to be in peril. It's been showing signs of falling such as landslides, earthquakes, etc which is very unlike Laylora according to the natives. But these signs worsen when Laylora gives birth to her protectors - The Witiku (I like the sound of it). The Witiku are savage monsters whose main purpose is to destroy everything that threatens Laylora.
And now it's up to the Doctor and his companion to save the day and protect the human explorers and the natives from the Witiku but also figure out how to save the paradise planet from falling.
Now like I said I didn't like this book that much but it had a great green message. If you actually think about it Laylora kind of represents our planet Earth. Earth too was beautiful once but we humans have ruined it and like Laylora, the natural disasters are increasing in number (And soon there shall be an apocalypse!)
On the other hand I thought that Laylora had serious adapting issues. You could compare it to some people, who cannot handle a shift in their routine and will throw fits if their schedule is changed in any tiny way. These kind of people really need to learn to adapt. I mean, come on! I like having proper schedules too but change is good!
Anyway, back to the review. I didn't like how the Doctor and Rose were rarely together in the book. I also think that the writing was not that good since I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. However, I liked how the different story lines fused into one by the end of the story. So I would give it a 3.5 even though I want to give it more since I love DW. In the meantime I will keep a lookout for more DW books.
Lots of Love & Pasta,
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