Okay, First off let me point out that I really enjoyed Lindsay's, Fallen Empire series, the predecessor to this book. It was enjoyable lighthearted and fun, with adventure and romance thrown into the mixture. This book how-ever, is not in the same league. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I was ready to embrace it with open arms (and wallet) -perhaps that was the problem, I was hoping for too much? So, let's get down to brass tacks, the good and the bad, well, first off, the good.
1:World Building: Having an already established Universe helped of course, but the author has added more shading and nuances from her last series. I, for one, cannot fault the world building. This author knows what she's doing.
2: Editing: Once again, as with every book I have read by the author, the editing is 1st rate, nothing to complain or whine about as far as I'm concerned.
Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.
3:Characters: Now here's the let down-FOR ME- The main character is not only childish, but she is selfish, and thoughtless in the extreme. Her supposedly, much loved step father could be dying and is going to have a heart transplant (this is established very early on). Yet instead of going directly to her upset mother (who has commed her with the devastating news) and her twin half sisters, she hares off on an adventure to try to find a friend that she hasn't seen in around 6 years AND hasn't even talked to in 2 YEARS! This is while her "supposedly" adored step father could be dying, and her own mother is clearly devastated ! As the story continues, she continues to make up one lame excuse after the other-it became frustrating and annoying as the character doesn't seem to give a rats left testes who she puts in danger at any given time. The secondary characters are a mixed bunch. Erik has real potential, as does the cyborg(TYPE) woman. Thorian on the other hand is a little more than a serial killer. He comes across as a Kylo Ren wannabe having a really bad temper tantrum- this includes the mandatory light saber !
4: Story Arc: A bit muddled at times. Make no mistake, there are some very good parts to the book, but as I have pointed out above. The characters -for me- are a HUGE let down, and thus, so is the book - especially compared to the Fallen Empire series.
MORE SPOILERS AHEAD.
Just a quick note to add-if this is an attempt at Y.A. then it is a MAJOR fail. I read a lot of Y.A. and the characters are always smart, loyal and sometimes impetuous -they're not selfish, mindless idiots who don't mind if their friends or family die just so long as they get to do whatever may enter their mind at any given time -which pretty much sums up Jelena the main character. Most main characters in Y.A. come across as quirky, but ultimately likable, Jelana -for me - does not, she is far to self absorbed and unthinking. I felt nothing but a mild contempt for her. Even at the end of the book she brings a self confessed serial killer that has told her he wants to kill a loyal family friend- to the hospital where her step father is. She of course does this when the potential victims family is visiting, and where he could turn up to pick them up at any time. As I said -it becomes unbelievably annoying.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (17 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1545443963
- ISBN-13: 978-1545443965
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 526 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews