Reasonably strong start in a dystopian future, but it falls apart almost as soon as they escape the city and turns into the stereotypical matemateMATE...moreReasonably strong start in a dystopian future, but it falls apart almost as soon as they escape the city and turns into the stereotypical matemateMATE thing too many shifter romances have. The secondary romance is really freaking obvious too. I wish the author had focused more on the dystopia, perhaps having them escape INTO the city and trying to survive there, rather than copping out and going the easy route.
Also, this is a cat-shifter. CAT. Cats do not have knots on their penises, that's something dogs have. Cats have BARBS. Essentially hair that grows the, er, 'wrong' way on their penises. If you're going to include a detail like that, at least get it right! Sheesh.(less)
The book had a good, strong start. Watching Mik finally bond with his team, their first missions, and watching him and Ash fall in...morePretty disapointing.
The book had a good, strong start. Watching Mik finally bond with his team, their first missions, and watching him and Ash fall in love was nearly pitch-perfect. The flaws of the novel begin soon after, however. I have a hard time buying that digging into apparently publicly available information (or at least information that someone with Mik's security clearance would have access too) would result in Mik getting kicked out of the city just a week later. There's more to it than that, but as a cover story it's terrible. There's some interesting stuff with Violet's team, and I really like Daniel, but Mik trust them waaay too much. He'd just been betrayed by his people and tossed out, and the very people he'd been taught to fear and hate from birth take him in, and he trusts them just like that? Frankly I spent sometime thinking that Violet had done a mental whammy on him, but nope, they really were the good guys. Things progress from there, there are parts that are really good (like hunting horses, fighting the trio of vampires, the tunnel, and basically every scene with Daniel), but it starts to fall apart again with the info-dump from Marcus and the really easy breach of the city walls during the final invasion. And old, powerful spell like that shouldn't have been that easy to break. At the end the Big Bad even reveals all his plans to Mik, apparently because there's some rule of the universe that Evil must gloat over our hero. No cliché must be left unwritten. And Nate... sigh. What can I say about Nate, other than the fact that I called it the first time Mik caught him talking to himself? So obvious I thought it was a red-herring. It wasn't.
So, like I said, I really wanted to like this book, but the clichés kept getting in the way and bonking me on the head. Too bad.
Edit: yeah, called that too. God, the clichés in this book.
Final take: If you were to take out all the horrible clichés in this story it would be a decent read. Unfortunately they are such a glaring part of the story that I cannot ignore them. If the author manages to drop them in the next book it might be a good novel. For that reason I'll check out Origin of Darkness, but if it's as cliché-ridden as this one that'll be it for me and this author. (less)
To be blunt, this is a really awesome book which I highly recommend for everyone. Calling it an "action-packed adventure" would force me to put a doll...moreTo be blunt, this is a really awesome book which I highly recommend for everyone. Calling it an "action-packed adventure" would force me to put a dollar in the cliché jar, but it's true. Right from the beginning we a shoved out of the corporate world of job fairs and into a riot severe enough that it shuts down Manhattan... or is there another reason? The three mains complement each other fantastically, their chemistry is amazing. Tim is an incredibly awkward computer-genius determined to bring truth and accountability about manna to the world. Javier is outwardly-stoic but inwardly insecure and bitter as he seeks the truth for his own reasons. Nelson is the glue that binds them together, showing Tim how to be assertive and Javier how to care. The two main secondary characters are also fantastic, it was deeply satisfying watching Randi go from a slightly-corrupt corporate drone to a guy anyone would want watching their back. Marianne was wonderfully snarky with out being bitchy or annoying... a hard thing for many authors to pull off. She doesn't let her personal problems get in the way of doing what's right. The world building is wonderful, it really felt smooth and at no time was I pulled out of the story by any logical inconsistencies of the world (a big problem I have with some futuristic stories).