The Fever King
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent h...more
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My brain: *slamming fists on table* REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET REGR
I relish the risk incurred by picking up a book that might inspire love or hate because both ends are passionate. As a reader, what I dread the most is the middle ground, the lukewarm, the books that lack whatever alchemy is needed to ensure they land on my heart with a sound of impact. Unfortunately, my images of The Fever King are already s ...more
It’s about a virus that has taken so many innocent lives, yet has become a magical blessing for those who survive it. It’s about moral ambiguity and deciding what’s right and wrong for you but also for everyone else. It’s about identity, and trauma, and finding your place in a world that is always changing.
It’s about a boy named Noam, and a boy named Dara, and what they must do to keep l ...more
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There’s something about books that make you avoid any and all real life responsibilities, stay up until 2 a.m., bleary-eyed and exhausted, and leave you with your soul crushed beyond recognition—and have you loving every single second of it. Something that leaves a distinctly enunciated yes in its wake that reverberates warmly in your heart with its perfect, almost poetic diction, and its all-consuming intensity.
And that special something has ensconced its ...more
Don't touch me, don't talk to me, don't come near me, don't even look at me!
I have a new favourite: book, world, characters, main character, couple, villain, magic system, literally everything.
Noam Álvaro and Dara Shirazi are the best thing happened to me in 2020 so far.
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“I don’t want you to think I’m just like all the others,” Noam said, hesitating there with his hand in Dara’s lap and Dara frowning expectantly up at him, Dara’s fingers loosely curl...more
It’s the 22nd century, and North America is divided into several different countries in the aftermath of a worldwide disaster. A plague that first hit back in the early part of the 21st century killed ― and continues to kill ― almost every person who get infected with the virus. Those few who survive become “witchings,” developing a variety of magical powers as a result of the virus’s presence in their body.
Noam Álvaro is a bisexual teenage r ...more
It definitely took me some time to get into the story, as it did start out pretty slow. I found it a bit info-dumpy in some parts and I initially struggled slightly to understand some of the world building. There was also a fair amount ...more
Did I care? Not even a little, and that should tell you something about how well-written these characters are.
The Fever King is the first book in a futuristic sci-fantasy series set in what is left of the once-United States. It follows a main character who is bisexual, Jewish and Colombian and it features a main m/m romance. It's a story that talks about a lot of interesting themes, and I'm going to get to that in this review, but first I want to talk about w ...more
Dang! That sounds so intriguing!
My gay romance radar went on autopilot and my inner queer faerie is slaphappy! *lol*
Guess that's what you call a win-win situation. XD ...more
“That was the whole point. Governments didn’t have to listen to the people until the people made it hurt to not listen.”
🌟 I picked this up because a couple of trusted bloggers read it and loved it. The book came out during the time I had my finals back at university. I then started seeing many disappointed readers reviewing it and this book’s average rating was going down steadily (At the time of this review it ...more
Victoria Lee, probably: I'll make sure you never know happiness again
THAT HURTED but like in a good way.
It’s hard to say in a sentence what The Fever King is about.
You could say it’s about Noam, a Jewish Latino bisexual teen who survives the magic virus that kills most of the population and leaves him a witching, status which grants him a spot among the people he and his family ...more
“sympathy isn't action.” ...more
*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
“It's all random chance. The universe. Us. An infinite cascade of chaos. A series of impossible accidents is the only reason we even exist.”
The Fever King absolutely blew me away. Here's something I don't say often, but even though the premise didn't get me too excited, the execution was incredible. I thought I was tired of dystopian books, but The Fever King proved that new twists can be put onto a genre that's been trod into the ground. It's a book that's poignant in this day and age, explorin ...more
thank god. ...more
I love it so much? It was tightly written and wonderfully set up and I love the characters and am SO DEAD at the ending.
Whew! I could scream about this book all day, honestly.
In short, if you get anything from this review, it’s that you should READ THE FEVER KING. GO.
The lovable characters + ships.
Honestly, Victoria Lee is a master at creating characters I love and feel intensely attached to.
It’s one thing to write characters that are real or interesting, but it’s a complete ...more
CW: mention and description of suicide, illness, death, violence, fascism, drug use, excessive drinking, pedophilia, statutory rape, abuse in all its forms, manipulation, trauma, murder, gore, generational trauma, ableist language, slut-shaming.
Do you ever rate a book five stars and the more you think about it the more you realize just how much more you love it and how you wish you could give it a billion more stars? Because that’s me with The Feve ...more
I don't even know where to start.
The great world building of a virus infected country which I know the author wrote before the current situation but still resonated perfectly.
...built Carolinia from the ashes of the catastrophe, a nation cut from what used to be three states, now sewn together and made whole. It was lovely because it was loved—because it was alive.
Or the scientifical ...more
The Fever King is a diverse and gripping sci-fi thriller of suspense. The fast-paced political intrigue between the two major factions in a post US apocalyptic world and the main protagonist tangled up in it all had me glued to the pages.
The former US has been befallen with a virus that destroyed most of the population and left two major metropoles. Atlantia in the southeast, a nuclear wasteland comprised of refugee camps, a place where all the sick people were dumped into; and Carolinia, t ...more
DARAAAA! MY SWEET DARA!!! Ohhh I can’t form thoughts right now I really can’t I just know I love him and I would catch every star in the sky for him
Woww, this book was a lot more messed up than I thought it would be. It was also a lot more on the mature side of YA than I expected? Honestly, NOTHING went as I expected. And I loved every second of it. This book addressed some very relevant topics through such an interesting storyline. It was kinda scary how real some part ...more
Yeah. Definitely did not love it, but perhaps this was just because I was thinking too hard?
First of all, I am very very sorry that I did not love it. I actually did love it, up until page 290 and I started to rethink my entire experience for reasons that I don’t think anyone else has pointed out before me. On one hand, I really really liked the first half of the book. Bu ...more
Funny how I dnfed this book early last year only for it to break my fucking heart when I gave it another chance on a whim 🙂🙂 Now I'm an angsty, desperate mess and I guess I deserved it 🙂🙂🙂
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Beyond the representation offered in Lee's characters (one lead is bisexual and Jewish/Latinx, the other is black, I believe), this is a sci-fi/dystopian story that heavily deals with how society treats refugees. For all that this is set, like, a hundred years (or something?) in the future, this is a very timely narrative and I felt the author did a good job of making this ...more
Okay starting as always with the characters! This book has one of the most fascinating casts I have ever read! The variety from purely evil through to almost purely good (if you come out of this book believing ANYONE is truly good then ...more
The sci-fi genre seems to be creeping up on me out of the blue. After reading the Illuminae files, I realized that I’d been missing out on an entire slew of fantastic books. The Fever King quickly becoming one of the hidden gems among them.
Noam Álvaro, a sixteen year old boy, is the sole survivor of a viral magic that killed his entire family. Soon after, he discovers that the reason for his survival was because he i ...more
Also: DARA FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ...more
Many thanks to Skyscape for my e-copy of this book through NetGalley. ...more
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Dara sipped at his soda. Swirled his straw round the glass when he lifted his head again. “I believe Vladimir Nabokov is the best novelist of all time.”
Dara gazed back at him, Noam’s incredulity written all over his face. Without telepathy, Dara couldn’t quite tell if he was actually frustrated or just . . .
But then Noam snorted and said, “Yeah. All right. What else?”
The corners of Dara’s mouth tipped up. “I believe in utilitarianism,” he said. “I believe bourbon is the gentleman’s choice in whiskey. I believe pineapple belongs on pizza. Oh, and the fact that goats eat everything you own just makes them more endearing.”
“You are ridiculous,” Noam said—but he was laughing now, leaning back in his chair and folding his arms over this chest.”