Author: Donnielle Tyner
Series: Book 1 of 4
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Page Count: 204
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, Indie Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Why does it seem like most ya books have faces on the cover?
This book was interesting. On the one hand, I liked it. On the other, it felt a little…juvenile. As though it were obviously meant for a younger reading group. While the writing was decent, the plot was okay. I didn’t like how the book ended (more killing and death) and I would have liked a bit more detail about Sadie’s grandfather’s family, but overall it was a fun short read that I devoured in two hours.
There also was only snippets of the orphanage that Sadie lived at. In the beginning of the book, her mother is pregnant and tells her friend to leave Sadie at the orphanage. Her friend responds that its a horrible place for Sadie because its full of unwanted talents and norms. How it wasn’t safe for her, and how she has a caring family.
But that caring family is dangerous, as Sadie’s grandfather wants to use her talents to help wipe out all the norms of the world.
Why is it that this is always the thing in fantasy worlds? That those with power always wants to kill those who have none? It’s a tired cliche, and while this was done in an interesting way, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way it was handled.
I should also note: dramatic death scene of an eight year old boy named Bobby towards the end of the book, dramatic death scene of a friend named Michael being killed, some torture is involved, and the book leaves off on a cliffhanger.
Overall, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I liked it, but I really think it could have been a lot better.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.