Spolier Free Summary: Snapshotby Brandon Sandersonis a short story about two detectives, Davis and Chaz, who operate with limitless authority in a re-created “snapshot” of a past day. They seem to be going through their day as usual when they stumble upon a mass murder. Mystery layers upon mystery (as is typical of a Sanderson novel) until they all seem to click into place with truths that shake the world.
Character: Davis and Chaz are interesting enough characters. Chaz isn’t likable at all, but that’s what makes him compelling. I found myself reading the book more just to find out what he wouldn’t do with the power he had. Davis is the more compelling and interesting character (he’s the main character after all). I found his arc sad. He’s a man trying to prove himself in every way, but the path he’s chosen isn’t one that will prove what matters most. What disappointed me about this was the end. Sure, the plot twist was as surprising as any Sanderson novel, but what I gained on the satisfaction of a clever plot twist, I lost in association with a character.
Exposition: Sanderson does this well. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to the Audible version of the book, but Sanderson has a knack for helping a reader fall into the world without beating said reader to death with paragraphs of exposition.
World building: This is why I’m glad the film rights to this story were optioned. I like the idea of this novel. I’m sure most readers would cry out Minority Report, but I think this found a different way to take a similar concept. I’d like to see how the render this story.
Dialogue: This is the way we get a lot of information, but it’s so snappy and dramatic, I’m not overly worried about it. The banter between Chaz and Davis isn’t anywhere near the banter between Wax and Wayne, but it isn’t bad. A note on that, the “down side” to being a multi-best-selling author is that people are going to compare your work. So the buddy cop aspect of this novel, I feel, is comparable to the conversations between those lovable Mistborn characters, but it comes up short in the measurement.
Description: Here Sanderson does something clever that kept me turning pages. There’s a detail thought the book that just drives a reader crazy trying to imagine all the way to the end. It’s a pleasant little mystery just for the reader, and I would have burned through the book just to find out the answer to that riddle.
Overall: This was a quick, interesting read that had a lot of great thriller cop movie elements. The way the mysteries were woven together was clever. I’m not as high on this as I would be a Cosmere novel or even the Reckoners (which I admit I like way more than others I’ve talked to), but it’s a bit unfair to compare those stories. (But I read them all, so I’m allowed.) For me, this was the perfect little audiobook to get me through a pretty long drive, and I’d recommend it for others about to take a similarly-lengthed trip.