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A Touch of Death: 1 Paperback – 24 February 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (24 February 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 303 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154321021X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543210217
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.75 x 22.86 cm
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This book contains:
• attempted rape
• mentions of genocide and terrorism
• dictator style government.
Kitty and Nate are our central characters throughout the story; however, the story is focused on being told from Kitty’s view. We also have Evander, Zoe and Tove join us about halfway through in a way that I wasn’t expecting and somehow end up feeling like an integral part of the story.
Kitty is a strong, survivor, who fights tooth and nail throughout the book against everything she believes, and learns, to be wrong about her world. Even her own beliefs.
Kitty, who is Complemented to Thom, starts our story wandering the Nitoib mountains with Nate. A place they aren’t allowed to be. When they finally make it out of the mountains and Thom meets up with them, we discover where this story is going.
In the direction of a dictator government out to get them, while they fight for their lives across the whole breadth of the kingdom in the search for the one thing they need. The one thing that might not even exist. The one thing that might just get them killed or imprisoned.
I’m not a fan of the six parts rather than chapters, but those breaks also make total sense so I can’t hate them. Maybe chapters rather than section breaks would’ve made things a little better?
That combined with a slow start made it quite difficult for me to get into it. But that one little thing got my interest and held it the entire way through the entire book. When I got to the end of the first book, I was actually a little upset that it was ending!
This is the first book in a Pentalogy and I’m really hoping I get to keep reading more coz I have my own ideas of what I think will happen. But that doesn’t mean they’ll happen, so I want to know how Rebecca has it all planned out, well written out since the whole series is done!
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Overall, it's a fairly simple tale of two characters in a bit of trouble, and the rollercoaster of (I'm not allowed to say s#it) poo that follows. Some reviewers on here have noted it's wordy. Wordy in the sense that lots of words are used in great description that tug you through the story, sure. It is. But it suits the story, the dialogue style suits the characters, and the prose itself just pulls you through without intending to cease. But it's so well written, so strong in itself, ties up the loose ends its needs to (it's a pentalogy so...) and gives well-rounded, imperfect characters that aren't too sentimental, passionate, raw and realistic. Very difficult when you read something like this when you're a writer, because you want to read the next part but you want to get back to work, too. I gave myself December off to read though, so lucky me.
I didn't really care if I knew the direction of where the story was going at any point, I was perfectly happy to go along with the ride, meets the friends and foes of Nate and Kitty, watch their arguments, their quieter moments, and get an inkling of something a bit weirder and deeper in the different parts of the kingdom, and watch the dark times unfold. I'm already reading Book 2, so I know that there's more world-building to come for those who've just started or finished this one.
What's actually really interesting is that though the world they live in is a fairly horrible place, it doesn't overshadow the character journeys. They're not (yet!) on a big journey to overthrow an empire or anything, they're just trying to find out where they want to fit in the world, and whether there's something happening that's more sinister than they know. They just want freedom but it seems their world is intent on taking that away.
The only thing about this book I didn't like is the cover image. I get the intention of it, but it's fairly ugly, and I almost didn't buy it because of it. A huge mistake not to, but it did put me off a bit.
The setting of the story is familiar enough that you can quickly and easy understand it, but different enough to allow the reader to know it is set in the far future.
The main characters Catherine and Nate are beautifully written, believable, and catch your imagination. You cannot help but care about them; always a good sign in a book.
The plot is well thought through and the story flows well and is fast paced.
As I stated in the header, this is a fantastic debut novel, that clearly shows the huge talent Rebecca has.
My only constructive feedback would be, you could tell at the start that the author was finding her feet. However, halfway through you can see that Rebecca has found her rhythm and the story is a joy to read.
So, the questions are – will I continue to read dystopic novels, and will I buy book two “A History of Madness”?
The answers are yes, and yes. I have already bought book 2, because the story is that good.