- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Entangled (14 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633758206
- ISBN-13: 978-1633758209
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 21.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 494 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honestly, the blurb that is provided for the reader about this book didn't really do a whole lot in telling you what this book is about. (I'm not sure that I've done it better... really this book has a ton to unpack...) But going into this, I was fascinated by three things: 1. That gorgeous cover, 2. That it is set in space, & 3. That there is a TON of diversity within in this novel.
Rumor - Biracial, bisexual, PTSD
Jude - White, gay
Nyx - Latinx, pansexual, hearing impaired, plus sized
Dahlia - Black, bisexual, transwoman
Braedon - White, asexual (with 2 moms)
Yi-Min - Asian, they/them pronouns
But despite all of those things, this novel feel a little flat for me, for a few reasons:
1. The writing style. A couple of things... This novel is written in multiple perspectives but from a third person point of view. I found that really frustrating as far as really getting into a person's head and really getting a feel for their voice. The other thing that frustrated me was the inner dialogue a character would have in the middle of an action scene about the person they're attracted to or something unrelated to the scene. I felt like that really slowed down the pace of the novel and made me feel disconnected from the plot.
2. I wanted more from the chimeras! We're talking about a species vs. species war here but one of the characters, Jude, lives in the forest and has developed a connection with the chimera. This shows that the war going on between the species is not as black and white as characters like Rumor would believe. I wanted to get inside their perspectives and understand them a little more.
3. I was really frustrated that the bad guy was a chimera and the sense of victory and purpose that comes with hunting him down. I had thought the purpose of this novel was getting Rumor and others to see that there is more to the chimera story. And while he recognizes that and befriends some of the chimera, there is still a lot of chimera blood shed. I didn't really understand that... It seemed like some of the points were contradictory and not well thought out.
That’s just the main characters. 27 Hours takes place in a Moon, a couple of hundred years from now people from all over the world arrive, unaware of the indigenous species called chimera, they “re-build” the world but in doing so they cause a major flood which in turn causes a lot of the chimera to die and war between the two species begins. I should point out that this would have been better if there was a chapter from the chimera’s POV, we know what colonization is like, we know what the colonizers think and even though the book tried to show “the other side”, it wasn’t the same.
The story starts with an attack to HUB2, Rumor is the only survivor and after the attack which destroys his home and kills his dad – not a spoiler this literally happens two pages in, he escapes to the nearest colony to warn them and is being taken care of. The attack is the first of many to follow and our characters team up to try to stop the next one. I don’t want to spoil much but from the moment I opened the book till the last page I never once took my eyes off the pages. It helped that I was in a moving car, I guess.
There’s so many things happening in this one, the story never allows you to slow down and take a break from the action. Things just keep on happening with little time in between for our characters to interact and when they do, it’s magic. I love how they interacted with each other, I couldn’t get enough of their funny dialogue and snark, they really became a huge group of friends in the end, I love the friendships here! And there’s a lot of romance going on that was just so epic and adorable. But most of all it was done right, with characters asking for consent. The story takes the readers on a thrilling ride of explosions, diplomacy, love and new friendships.
The world building is very hard to put into words and I have big gaps which need more info since it was hardly analyzed, for a sci-fi book there wasn’t a lot of sci-fi going on here and I’m looking forward to more of that on the second one since I have tons of questions and I need some damn answers. Overall, the characters are what makes this book so amazing to read, they each have their own unique personalities that shine in the middle of a very under-developed, flawed and confusing sci-fi story.