said Durango, the protagonist, on page 5 of David Macinnis Gill's action-packed novel, Black Hole Sun. And whew, when I say action-packed, I mean literally action-packed. The whole reason I chose to read this novel was because when I opened the first page some Draeu killed 2 girls with head-shots from their sniper rifles. Throughout the book, you encounter humor and action so many times that you're out of breath by the time you reach the end of the novel. For example, at one part, Durango says "I'm ready for drop. On my mark, in thr-" to which Mimi, basically a computerized voice inside Durango, replies "Your mark calculations are incorrect," (Gill 8). She then makes Durango press the lock to open the hatch and make Durango experience a thrilling dive of 961 kilometers per hour. Right there, it's basically humor followed by action. Even after the fall there's a joke.
Other than the action and the humor, though, the rest of the book is fairly lackluster. There's not too much characterization. All of the characters don't exactly have a past. Only Durango has a decent history, but even then, it's lacking. If the author explained Durango's dad (and mom, she's never mentioned) and Mimi a lot more, it would add so much more to the book. Mimi, while I love her sarcasm and humor, has a past that just seems randomly thrown into the book just to make her have a past. Also, the plot twists are really...lame. All I can say were that the plot twists were done "last-minute." I believe that the plot twist wasn't planned in advance by the author. I'm pretty sure that when the author reached that part of the book, he was like "Hey, it'll be a great idea if I do this!" There were two plot twists, and both times they seemed hastily done. The plot and characterization could have been much better.
All in all, the book was pretty well done. I expected a lot of action from the beginning, and I got a lot of action. The humor was an added surprise. Again, though, I was extremely disappointed in the plot and characterization. The ending was pleasing. It brought a sense of closure, but it left room open for a sequel (which this book desperately needs to have more characterization). This book has enough action to become a movie, but I'm not sure the plot is good enough. It definitely isn't a classic, though. All in all, while this isn't exactly my most favorite book of all time, I did not regret reading it.