Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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Title: Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Published: June 6th 2017 by HarperTeen
Page Count: 336
Where’d I Get It: ARC (Friend)
Rating: 1 stars

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

I won’t lie. I didn’t ever finish The Testing trilogy and I hated the first one. I thought I’d give Joelle Charbonneau another shot, though. Authors often grow from their first attempts (look at Ryan Graudin!). Unfortunately, I didn’t feel this was the case.

I’m still being honest here. I skimmed an awful lot of this book. The words were useless, and I latched onto the plot well enough without the flowery, romantic descriptions and long sections without anything new of note, or anything that moved the plot forward, except for the ticking of time.

I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Carys, I feel, might have had some semblance of characterization, some feelings, some motivations, somewhere, but they were lost in the muddle that was this plot. In fact, I think, on the whole, we’re supposed to be rooting for her over her brother? But I just couldn’t get to that point. She’s also, wow, the Most Mary Sue to Sue about in this book.

Andreus, I get that he has some sort of condition of the heart, possibly asthma? And most of his internal monologue is, “Gosh, I better not exert myself too much and upset my condition! Someone might find out I have a condition!” Which, considering his other characterization, in which he absolutely loves to bone any lady who looks at him, seems a little at odds. Like, I can only imagine this man is not good in the sack, especially if climbing stairs puts him in a state, and he cannot exert himself.

Andreus’s other issue is that he’s gullible as heck when it comes to the divining rod attached to his body. Give him a pretty face and some alone time and he’ll believe he’s in love and anything said by the woman is the absolute truth. It made him, for whatever reason, turn on his twin sister, who hadn’t, until that point, been anything but supportive of him, distracting the court if Andreus had an attack, taking the punishment for being uncouth. The fact that he turned on her so quickly was despicable, and out of place. I guess it worked well for the plot, and to, for the most part, DIVIDE EDEN as the title suggested, but it was still meh.

This book is supposed to have some great, grand conspiracy about it, about succession, about murder, about everything, but it all just seemed trite and stupid to me. Perhaps there’s something deeper involved, as we weren’t privy to who the other conspirator was? One can hope, I guess?

This book hit none of my buttons, and I know for a fact I won’t be picking up the next installment. Nothing lined up well, and I absolutely could not get into it.

Media Consumption (2)

I’ve watched a lot of stuff since my last post. So, let’s get into it shall we?

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Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes 

Okay. I love Mike Birbiglia’s storytelling,  his perpetual cinnamon roll-ness and his self-depreciating jokes. I’ve watched all of his stand up. I’ve heard him multiple times on This American Life. This is just more of the same, and it’s equally as precious. Some of the jokes hit, some fall flat, but overall he’s always a really solid comedian. This one has less of an overarching narrative than some of his others (My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend/Sleepwalk With Me), but it’s still great fun to listen to.

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Neal Brennan’s 3 Mics

This special, in which Neal Brennan uses three different microphones set across the stage with different ambient lighting and totally different tones, was interesting to watch. It was at times funny and at times extremely uncomfortable. Yet, the way he told every story and every joke was deliberate and he was mega-compelling to watch. This special can get pretty deep, so, be prepared.

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Dave Chappelle’s The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas

My, how times have changed. The end of high school and the beginning of college were full of Dave Chappelle reruns. He had some unique characters and was great fun to watch. My husband and I even spent money to see him when he was on the Funny or Die tour a few years ago. Though, to be honest, his jokes there were pretty bleh, and I enjoyed seeing Hannibal Buress,  Dimitri Martin and Flight of the Conchords much better.

That being said, oh boy, did he reuse like a whole pile of jokes from said live show in The Age of Spin, and outside of that, everything else out of his mouth made me extremely uncomfortable. From misgendering trans people to rape jokes, I found myself instead of watching him, watching the reaction of the woman in the front row, who was just as appalled as I was at everything out of his mouth. I’m glad I had some solidarity in that woman, whoever she was.

Deep in the Heart of Texas was less cringingly offensive (like by comparison), but not any better. Dave Chappelle’s become an old man. Lots of complaints. Complaints outweighed jokes. I think the ship may have sailed where it comes to my interest in this man.

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The Great British Bake Off Series 4

Ugh, I really wish Netflix had all of them and didn’t try to label this “Season 2”. It gets wicked confusing. Granted, Great British Bake Off is something I watch for a calming effect, so it takes me quite some time to get through a season. The hosts are some of the most perfect choices ever. Sue’s constant sex euphemisms and Mel’s rallying to help the bakers in the last several minutes. Outside shots include sheep and people out for a stroll. No one swears, people’s emotions run a gambit. Everything ends up being heartwarming. It’s just a perfect show to watch to unwind. I absolutely love it.

On that note, I’m actually pretty stoked that Noel Fielding is coming to the show, but will absolutely miss Mel and Sue and Mary. I think what they need to do is to have Noel be the main host, and then have Richard Ayoade and Russel Brand alternate co-host duties. That would be splendid and quite literally perfect.

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Lights Out

When it comes to ghosts that are extensions of mental illnesses, this one blows The Babadook right out of the water. The story itself was interesting. The characters were all fully realized (though the boyfriend may have been literal garbage), for the most part, considering someone has to die like really early on to establish the spoop factor. It was tense enough, and the shots were done well. There were several jump scares that came from places I didn’t expect/consider. Overall, good horror, would recommend.

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Beauty and the Beast

I’ve seen the musical, and this adaptation really took the shape of that. Very similar in pacing. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but I do have a few comments.

  • What the heck is up with Ewan McGregor’s French accent?
  • Gaston was not the buff douchebag that I would expect. I literally maybe had some feelings about Gaston and how maybe Belle was doing him a wrong. He came back from the WAR for godssakes and has to keep a whole town afloat since there’s no other ruling body. Gosh.
  • Be Our Guest was super overwhelming.
  • That yellow dress could have been less junior high spring fling and more regal.

Anyway, I really liked it. Good effort on everyone’s part.

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Earthtastrophe

I’ve watched some garbage made for TV movies in my day. There’s that one where Misha Collins has to save the world from something happening at Stonehenge, and then there’s all the ones with sharks and various mech parts and possibly ghosts. This one somehow falls below all of those. This is one complete garbage. There’s no functional storyline. The science wasn’t even tried and oh, that ending. Buddy, you don’t just walk up to two ladies you met on an alternate timeline and try to like be their bestie. It’s weird. No. This was so bad. So, so, bad.

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The Eyes of My Mother

This movie is deeply disturbed. There’s a reason why it’s in black and white, and that reason is you’d vomit otherwise. The main character is so messed up that everything she does is the worst. She keeps a man in her barn as a pet, surgically removes his eyes and tongue, and when he tries to run, kills him. She then takes a baby from a mother, and when the mother tries to rescue it, turns her into her new pet. I guess, the only thing I can say is that this movie has what I would consider a happy ending, all things considered, but there’s a lot of really messed up things involved in it and it’s literally one big old nope.

Kim & Kim Vol. 1

 

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Title: Kim & Kim Vol. 1
Published: December 28th 2016 by Black Mask Studios
Where’d I Get It: Purchase
Rating: 4 stars

Kim & Kim are 20something besties making a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. A day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Kim & Kim puts queer women and trans women front and center in an adventure that’s bright, happy, punk rock, sci fi & queer as all get-out.

 

Oh, gosh, graphic novels. I love them, but I also hate them, because they finish too quickly. This was the case with Kim & Kim. I absolutely adored the characters, but the omnibus wrapped up way too quickly. I felt like I was only scraping the surface of how awesome this series could be.

As per my previous post, I knew that I would find something else that makes me read something immediately. That something happens to be quirky as fuck bounty hunters. I love them. I love Cowboy Bebop something fierce. Samus Aran is my homegirl. I literally couldn’t not read this.

The art is cute and bright. The character designs are great (I mean, can I please cosplay them?). The characters themselves are just quirky enough to have some fun and great stories with. One of the Kims is trans, with a father that hasn’t accepted the fact. There’s more complication than that, as the father runs his own bounty hunting organization and is perpetually trying to bring Kim back into his fold. The other Kim is from a long line if probate necromancers. Her family has its own little quirks, and her aunt is one kickass lady.

The Kim’s relationship appears to be that of platonic life partners, but I’d probably ship them if it ever came down to that. They’re just too great together. I love them both to pieces.

The storyline itself generally comes down to that the Kims try to get a bounty, and then that bounty gets messed up somehow. It’s very Cowboy Bebop in its formula. I don’t mind it. Hell, it keeps everyone on their toes.

If I was the comic book pulling type, this would certainly be a title I’d do that with. As it stands, I have no idea when this comic comes out or when more will be forthcoming, and I has the sads about it. Alas, this book was too short, and I need more Kims in my immediate future. Thanks.

Top 10 Tuesday (3)

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Okay, so I took a bit of a break from blogging in general. It’s been pretty stressful in the household recently. My husband is essentially working two eight-hour jobs, in order to get my friend’s startup going. It’s intense. I’m totally in charge of the house, and making sure he doesn’t collapse in a heap of stress, all which stresses me out. Anyway, things are looking up on that end. Everything as far as pitches and moving forward with the startup is going great so far. So, fingers crossed.

Anyway, this weeks theme for Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.

Crap. I don’t think I’ve actually thought this one through. Well, let’s try it.

10) I don’t want to just say, ZOMBIES because it’s so much more to it than that. I’m not going to read just any zombie novel that comes across my line of sight. There’s some really flat tropes that make me shy away from the genre just as quickly as piquing my interest. That being said, I absolutely love a good zombie book. Give me a Mira Grant or an M.R. Carey any day. Funny that both are published by the same publisher. Could it be a sign? Perhaps.

9) For awhile, I was reading anything Felicia Day rated above four stars. I keep considering going back to that. I hadn’t had a misstep there at all. She seems to jive on the same wavelength as me.

8) Whatever Jessie tells me to. The problem with this is that the list Jessie has mentioned to me, is long and I keep straying from it. Eventually, I’ll get through them all. Eventually.

7) Some new and weird fantasy premise. I super love anything that I haven’t seen before. That book about people riding hippos on the Mississippi River, someone get that to me STAT before I literally explode from anticipation. I’m not sure exactly what the IT factor is, but usually, the IT factor is way out there.

6) Okay, for those of you that know me, even a little, you know that I love absolutely TERRIBLE premises as much as I love the promising ones. I literally bought an out of print romance novel about a guy who turns into a unicorn. I’m not at all sorry about that. I bet it’s going to be a glorious, camp-filled romp and I’m so ready for it. I do the same thing with movies. Sometimes I just want to read something ridiculous.

5) If I super liked the first book. There are some series that I immediately snag the next one of (or did when they were being released). There are a few authors that I need to finish their bibliography because I feel guilty snatching the newest one up (Seanan McGuire is one of these, so is Ms. Schwab). These authors are few and far between. I can’t wait to find more of them.

4) Higlanders. Help me. I have a problem.

3) Awards, I will usually grab a book here or there if it won an award. I will generally get through two or three before getting really stressed about the list and dropping the idea entirely. Repeat next year.

2) It won’t get off my feed- Twitter or Goodreads. There’s only so much I can see about a book before curiosity gets the better of me and I break down and read it. It doesn’t matter why it’s being chattered about. This could be due to many things, usually it’s drama, so I have to see what the fuss is about, or it’s being super squee’d about, in which case I have to see what the fuss is about.

1) My husband told me to read it. He has done this once in our whole marriage. That book was Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.  It took me six months to read, but I did it and I enjoyed it immensely.

I’m sure I’ll probably think of other reasons when I’m trying to go to sleep tonight, but so far, this seems like a comprehensive list. What’s your number one spot?

Venom by Jennifer Estep

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Title: Venom by Jennifer Estep
Published: September 28th 2010 by Pocket Books
Page Count: 389
Where’d I Get It: Purchase
Rating: 3.5 stars

What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most.

To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists.

At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.

Book three of this series also has a small, several page, short story from Finnigan Lane’s point of view called, Wasted. Compared the Finn’s other POV story, Poison, this one was much better. We had more of the adult Finn we know and love and less of the awful teenager Finn. We can also see how well he can handle himself, something he has only done off-screen, and only incrementally until this point. So, if you like Finn being Finn and also shooting people, this is the short story for you.

Compared to the other books, Venom, didn’t feel like it held quite as broad of a scope. It was pretty focused as far as plot was concerned. Gin’s baby sister Bria has taken Donovan Caine’s place on the police force, so we get the all new dynamic there, where Gin wants to both have a relationship with yet another straight-arrow cop, and somehow keep being an assassin without going to jail. So far, Bria doesn’t know that Gin is the Spider, hasn’t put two and two together. So we don’t actually have to deal with that drama yet.

I really like Bria. She can handle herself, and I can’t wait to find out more of her backstory. Eventually, I assume, it will all come to light, but as a cop and a thorn in Gin’s side (in more ways than on, also that’s a rose joke, get it), she’s absolutely fantastic. Gin, herself, seems to waffle between being super rude to Bria and giving her free pieces of her favorite pie. So, we’ll have to see how this relationship develops over the course of the series.

Gin’s other relationship with Owen Grayson has come to bear, and he (and those goddamn violet eyes, Jesus) play quite a role in this story. Okay, so, I get that like part of the plot was for Gin to go to Northern Aggression (the sexiest sex bar to ever sex ever), but for Owen Grayson to just be there, and then to be like, “Oh, yeah, I took my sister who I’m hella protective of here,” just like, doesn’t make sense. If you want to keep your little sister safe you don’t bring her to a club where people are literally boning under tables. That just does not compute to me. That is not a place you take your baby sister. What sort of literal weirdo are you, Owen?

Clearly quite a weirdo. He gives zero fucks about Gin’s occupation. He gives a few fucks that maybe she stormed into his house and took some of his swords, but those fucks are soon forgotten. He just doesn’t have any substance yet and it’s pretty glaringly obvious. There was that shoehorned bit where Gin saved him once from starvation and the cold and now he’s rich because Fletcher Lane decided to step in because Gin was feeding him like a lost puppy. But, like, that doesn’t overly give him substance or feelings. It just adds more to Gin’s backstory (though, that was touched on in Poison slightly). I dunno. I’m just not feeling Owen. I know more about the scar on his chin and the color of his eyes than anything else about him and it’s slightly infuriating. Donovan Caine might have been the lamest goodie goodie, but at least I knew what I was getting with him. He had substance and character and wasn’t just places to promote plot movement.

Also, we literally got to 90% of the book before there was any sort of sex. I was pretty into the fact that there wasn’t any, that Gin wasn’t going to rush into it. Nah, we got a weird shower scene because Gin showed up to Owen’s dirty and bloody. Just more weird ‘because plot’ for Owen Grayson.

Like I said earlier, the plot for this is pretty condensed. Gin is after one of Mab’s goons, Elliot Slater. He’s a huge giant with a proclivity to abuse women until they’re dead. He’s set his sights on Roslyn, whom Gin feels indebted to. So Gin goes after him, fails a few times, gets beat up. You know the drill.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book, overall, was that the entire conflict made me uncomfortable. The entire conflict was abuse and rape and subsequent murder. They don’t paint Elliot Slater as a good guy, but literally no one steps in to help Roslyn except Gin, due to the fact that he’s on Mab’s payroll. It was mentally taxing and upsetting. I think it was meant to be, but abuse and rape as a plot point really grinds on me.

Anyway, three books in, and by the time I’m said and done, 13 more to go. This book had some interesting parts, good action sequences, and also some real squicky bits. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Time to start Tangled Threads.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Review)

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Title: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Published: February 2nd 2017 by Faber & Faber
Page Count: 592
Where’d I Get It: Purchase
Rating: 3 stars

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

I will admit, I ordered the English version off of Book Depository because I was loath to wait a month. What’s up, I’m impatient. Plus it matches the cover for the original one. The US cover, not so much on the matchy-matchy there, eh publishers? And, to be honest, I really enjoyed Rebel of the Sands when I finally got around to reading it. While it had some cliche YA elements, I enjoyed it immensely, hence my impatience.

Traitor to the Throne, though, I’m not really sure where I stand. Parts of it immensely annoyed me, while other parts were both interesting and surprising. I guess I’ll just start from the beginning.

We pick up some months after the events of the last book. Jin is gone, having left after Amani took a bullet and he decided he didn’t like feelings, off on a mission for his Rebel Prince brother. She’s mad about it, and about the time he comes back, during some side character’s wedding, Amani ends up getting captured and sent to live in the Sultan’s palace.

Yes, of course, the Sultan know’s she’s both with the rebels and a half djinni. In fact, he uses her to summon her father and keep him in a secret room of the palace to, well, we don’t find that out until later.

Amani herself is stuck in the harem most of the time. And yes, that’s just as dull as it sounds. The girls in the harem are bitchy and clicky and Amani is bad at being a people person. The only person she seems to befriend is one of the princesses, who would rather build automata than have anything to do with the rest of the harem. Though, as the book wears on, we learn that a lot of girls in the harem just disappear, hence the pecking order. Amani also finds her cousin within the walls of the harem, 100% more pregnant than the last time she saw her on the train. With that pregnancy, she’s secured herself a position of power within the harem, and Amani uses that to her advantage, despite how awful they were to each other in the first book.

Tamid is also in the palace, having last been left by Amani whilst she was fleeing with Jin all those months before. His leg has been replaced by a contraption fashioned by the automata princess. She’s a bit infatuated with him, but he’s still on his path of being a holy healer type. He also proves to be somewhat of an ally to Amani in the palace, despite her treating him like literal dirt previously.

The book, as we established, is plodding along now, with mostly political maneuverings and cat fights within the harem walls. Amani meets a young gentleman who can walk through walls, who has taken her Blue-Eyed Bandit moniker. He doesn’t offer to relinquish it, but instead continues to use it despite Amani’s protests. She does convince him to join the resistance. Though, I think that’s part and parcel with his infatuation with Shazad, and not so much with anything Amani had to say.

Bleh, okay, so the plot gets convoluted from here. The Sultan wants to use the djinni he’s captured to become an independent nation and destroy his enemies and Amani and her ragtag team are trying to stop it. There’s action and betrayals and plenty of murder, but by this point the book is about 75% done and despite my best effort, I couldn’t care about any of the deaths, even the public executions. There was just too much drudgery before it.

Oh, and Jin! I only mentioned him at the beginning of the book, because he’s not  in this book very much. I didn’t like him in the previous book. I don’t like him as the romantic lead. I can’t be expected to like every romantic lead ever. Sometimes you swoon and sometimes you don’t. You can’t tell me every romantic comedy Mark Ruffalo was in, we were expected to swoon over him. I’m pretty sure all  I did was, “Daww.” Anyway, I digress. Jin is not my ideal romantic lead and when he finally shows up in this book after brooding and giving Amani all the feelings, they decide they’re going to touch and kiss and at the most inconvenient of times. They’re a) trying to be discreet and b) trying to escape. It is not the time for romance! Get your hormones under control!

Not to mention that I absolutely hate the trope where the love birds are constantly separated. I think the only way to make this trope worse would be if Jin suddenly lost his memory (like Tuxedo Mask) or lost his memory and went evil (like Angel). I absolutely hate this trope. And I get it, it makes the plot more interesting, but talk about frustrating. Gah!

Anyway, I think I established that this book didn’t live up to my expectations. Yet another book to suffer from sequel syndrome. I can only hope that the trilogy ends with a bang and doesn’t disappoint me. Gosh.

Gilded Cage by Vic James (Review)

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Published: February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books
Page Count: 368
Where’d I Get It: Netgalley (eARC)
Rating: 3 stars

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

The concepts of this book are interesting, don’t get me wrong. Society is run by those that are gifted, in this case with magical (possibly just telepathic and Scarlet Witch-y) powers. The muggles in this world go about their lives, but are required (for reasons) to spend ten years of their lives doing slavedays, in which their citizenship is taken away and they’re forced to do menial labor and keep awful schedules and sleep poorly. There’s two types of assignments for slavedays, those at a manor house, and those within the industrial cities. The first, assumably being more posh than the latter.

The book itself was kind of mess. There were enough points of view to rival George RR Martin, and not nearly the amount of content. Introducing new character’s points of view at the halfway point in this was painful, as I already didn’t quite have my bearings. I’ll mostly focus on the two points of view that mattered, Abi and her brother Luke.

Abi and Luke’s family has decided that they’re going to do their slavedays together, disrupting the children’s lives, but allowing for many more opportunities for them when they finally are released. I guess there is a stigma attached to job listings and home ownership that can only be set right if someone has done their slavedays. Abi, being a teenage girl of many talents, somehow got the family stationed at one of the elite manor households, in fact, the elite of the elite, the Jardine family. Except things already aren’t going as planned when the family is separated and Luke is sent to one of the work camps.

From there Luke’s point of view follows a band of freedom fighters, and he himself joins their ranks. Abi’s is the household of the Jardines, with more political nonsense and some wedding planning, and not nearly the amount of action that Luke’s had. Luke is eventually brought to the estate, and from there the book sort of lagged a bit before picking up again.

It’s twisty and turny, sometimes in the same way as drama laced prime time shows, where something will happen, but it doesn’t have overarching consequences. In other ways, everything did have a consequence, much like Breaking Bad. Either way, it felt very episodic and potato chip-y to me. When I read the back blurb that claimed it was a slightly modified, but highly sought after Wattpad work, the structure of it made a lot more sense. I’m all for drama and interesting plot points, but when the characterization and understandability suffer, I lose interest.

Overall, it was an interesting premise. It just didn’t do it for me. I guess I expected a bit more from it and  didn’t get it. There were a lot of plot points that, I felt, were left unresolved, and I guess that’s do to the triolgical nature of the series. There was also some gross sex euphanisms that, considering the point of view they were said under, some how made it more gross. All and all, the second book would have to really pick it up for me to remain interested in this series.