Author: Brittney Martin
Review: The plot involves rebels fighting in a city against a corrupt government and both are also fighting against some creatures called Rahion. The main characters are Sier and Avarrah, both of whom are teenage children of the government/military called Legians, and have now joined the rebellion called Silence-because no one is allowed to talk about it. Both characters appear to have special powers, Sier from "governmental" experiments and no one knows why Avarrah has them including her.
At this point I would probably rate this book 2-3 stars.
If your a fan of gritty sci-fi, it might be worth the effort, because it will be an effort. The author has an excellent imagination. I assume that the novel takes place on another planet in the future, although it's never clearly stated. In fact, a major flaw in the writing is that very little is ever clearly stated. The reader is frequently left to infer much about the setting, the characters, and even the plot. Also, the writer should take some writing classes because she makes several Writing 101 mistakes such describing dialog using every word under the sun except "said" which is the correct word. Also, the writer uses the thesaurus and not the dictionary. The best example of this is the use of the word "smirk". Apparently, early in the novel, as the characters are being introduced to the reader, they smirk at one another repeatedly. In a thesaurus, smirk and smile are synonyms. In a dictionary, a smile is friendly and a smirk is snotty.
Warning: Bad word usage abounds.
Warning: Bad word usage abounds.
On the plus side, these are technical writing gaffs that can easily be remedied. The author can easily improve her technical writing skills which will add much to the readers experience.
Thanks go to Melissa Seltun for this review...she is a new reviewer.
Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 1, 2012)
Quick Review: 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: "We are in a war against a bloodthirsty race of creatures, the Rahion, set on destroying everything this world has given us. Yet, within the city walls we fight against ourselves." Pain, loss, and suffering were the first memories Avarah felt when her eyes reopened to life in the self destructing city of Kirave. With her reality shattered and her past forgotten, she risks all to join Silence, the rebellion whose followers are determined to bring justice before the end. In order to survive, Avarah must place all her trust into the hands of Sier, an Infectual whose veins pulse with the blood of the Rahion creatures. The anxiety burdened heroine quickly accepts her new fate fighting for truth, vengeance, and love despite knowing she could lose her life. But what if opposition means the lives of others? When society screams out for mercy, how many must die for the price of freedom?
Author Biography: Brittney Martin’s interest in literary arts was kindled at a young age by her family. Her fiery passion to write, however, was ignited during her first year of high school where various school projects encouraged her imagination to take flight. Brittney Martin is now continuing her education at college with the love and support she receives from her family and friends.