You may have noticed that the past two reviews have been by authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This one is a review of a book by both of them. ‘Good Omens’ is a book written by two fantastic authors and so I went in with high hopes and a cup of tea.
It started well. It begins with the birth of the Anti-Christ. An angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) team up to ensure that he does not grow up to fulfil his potential to destroy the world. However, it transpires that the Anti-Christ was mistakenly switched with another boy, and they have been trying to manipulate the wrong boy all this time. And so begins a race between multiple sides – heaven, hell, witch-hunters and horsemen, to reach the correct boy and either save the day, or ruin it.
Aziraphale and Crowley were really interesting characters, so interesting that I wish more time had been spent delving into their history and motives. Around the middle of the book, they disappeared, leaving what felt like multiple loose threads hanging. My mind treated them as the main characters and so their disappearance left a confusing void. The middle was also where it started to get a little odd, losing the plot and getting a bit convoluted. The strings untangle themselves, thankfully, at the end.
Of all the characters, the witch-hunters were the ones that did not strike any rapport with me. They fell flat and felt contrived. Part of me wonders if the only reason they were added was to link the prophecy in a bit more with the rest of the world, rather than just have it mentioned. Unfortunately, it was also quite hard to get interested in Adam, the Anti-Christ. He seemed more of a background character rather than someone who is pivotal to the entire plot. I wonder if it would have been more interesting to keep the focus on Warlock, the boy who was mistaken as the Anti-Christ and is forgotten about when the mistake is discovered.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel. It was funny and the story was well-written with an great concept. There were some parts that did not quite work with me, but otherwise I enjoyed it.