SAVING THE WORLD ONCE MADE THEM HEROES.
SAVING IT AGAIN MIGHT DESTROY THEM.
Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice - catastrophic events known as Drains - leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives....more
Wow, people are getting really mad about this "review." Do they honestly not think that the YA bracket is often dismissed by critics? Only romance receives worse treatment.
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy,
I have pretty consistently liked Veronica Roth, though I know her last duology was considered problematic and had a pretty divided reception. I was VERY into this book, her first adult novel, especially during Part 1. This book is about Sloane, a woman who has gained notoriety in an alternate version of our current world by being one of five “chosen ones,” teenagers who were prophesied to kill an evil magician known ...more
And then I read Carve the Mark. And it wasn't Allegiant-bad, but it wasn't great. So I said I would never read another Veronica Roth book again again.
But then I read Ark, which was an Amazon short story and adult fiction and hey, I actually enjoyed it.
So I'm gonna give this one a go since it's adult fiction and maybe that's the genre Roth will shine in.
But if this one isn't good then I'M ...more
And then one day you get magically kidnapped into a desperate parallel world that needs you, an experienced Chosen One, to defeat THEIR Dark One, please and thank you. See, their Chosen One died, ...more
Sloane Andrews is one of those characters that you don't like because she isn't a nice person. But you love her. You root for ...more
I did not ever get around to reading Carve the Mark because I was a little disappointed in Allegiant, but I'm glad I requested this adult-aimed fantasy. Probably a 4.5 for me actually, as the ending was a little . . . hm. Confusing? Abrupt? for me, but most of this was great. What happens to the heroes after the battle is won? Our main character struggles. A lot. In some ways she isn't overly likable, but I really ended up rooting for her and ...more
Amazing premise, characters that are both flawed and, therefore, flawlessly-wrought, staying true to her love of Chicago, messing with my mind scientifically, throws in some magic, then LOTS more magic, and, well, DAMN! It's all very very good. Very good.
My only question is why this is so categorically referred to as an adult read. I mean, most of the folks involved spend lots of time talking about/reliving/making up for stuff from their youth. And I ...more
The Chosen Ones were teenagers when they defeated the Dark One. It’s been ten years and the 5 of them have spent the past decade trying to move beyond (or still revel in) the battle that saved Earth and made them famous. Some are still wrestling with their own demons while others seem to have moved on.
They gather to celebrate the ...more
Veronica grew up outside ...more