Amazing! Brilliant! Spellbinding! This book has blown me away! It is such an emotionally charged and detailed read. It takes you on an amazing journey - all the highs and lows, the fun times and the horrifying, the loving and the humourous (and Caspian definitely delivers on the one liners and icebreaker moments).
The character depth is superb- not only for our MCs Zed and Caspian, but also for all the secondary characters as well. I really felt like I got to know and like (or dislike in the case of the antagonists) all of the characters - I was part of the story, hoping for all of them to get the ending they so rightfully deserved (good or bad).
The various plotlines are expertly woven through Zed and Caspian's love story, and are so detailed and thoroughly explored. The subject matter is horrific at times - child abuse (non-sexual), terrorism, religious extremism, manslaughter, depression, manic behaviour, PTSD and panic attacks. With the alternating POV we get a first hand look at these experiences from multiple perspectives, eliciting a variety of emotional responses.
The story is told over a 10 year period - I definitely wasn't expecting the story to evolve as much as it did, nor for some of the events that occurred to be included. The direction I thought the characters would go in at the very beginning was not how things unfolded, with plot twists rising up to keep me on my toes and turning page after page. I was shocked at times, but nothing could stop me from reading - I was so invested in both Caspian and Zed.
This is one of those books that will resonate with me for a long time - not just for the epic love story between what can only be described as 2 soulmates, but for the other themes introduced throughout the book as well. There are some very serious and thought provoking topics explored. The research that has gone into this novel on all of these themes/topics is unparalleled and couldn't be faulted. And for it to be such a long/decent length as well instead of being broken into multiple books only serves to back my recommendation of it.
This was my first book by this author and it definitely won't be my last. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good MM read, or even just an amazing love story with depth, length and an amazingly detailed and well spun storyline.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1412 KB
- Print Length: 437 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1728653274
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JZ67778
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 55 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)