#BookReview: The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer


“All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy. 

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside. 

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Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy for review

Genre: Dystopian
Year Of Publication: 05.08.2016
Publisher: FrontRunner
Pages: 352
My rating: 3 stars

In this story, we follow Noah who works in the underground hoping that one day they will be able to leave and see the sky that’s been promised again so we see Noah going about his day to day life until he finds out a secret he was not supposed to and meets Rebekah. I was slightly disappointed because I didn’t get to know Noah as much as I would’ve liked or any of the other characters, especially in terms of physical descriptions.

However, it was interesting to see Noah as he was trying to figure out what he wanted and go against the beliefs and doctrine of this world. Unfortunately, we do not seem to get to know Rebekah that much as we only get to see what Noah wants to see and he is smitten with her. I did like the role that she played in opening his eyes and pushing him to ask himself some questions and she becomes the catalyst of this story.

In this world, the workers are divided into different groups by sex and have to work and meet a certain quota for the parts they are meant to build for these machines that will help them get back on the surface of the world once the time is auspicious. It was strong 1984 vibes with the Mother as a figure of authority, control and hope in this society filled with rules and regulations and this were accomplished well as more often than not I would feel angry at this society and its limitations. I did like the Mother character for what it represented and how it sparked an internal conversation within the reader, however, I think that at times she showed some emotions that were too out of the character that she should’ve portrayed.

I had some issues with the pacing because it felt reaaaaally slow at times with events that seemed repetitive and could’ve done without, but overall I enjoyed it. I did not expect that ending so I was really impressed and I am curious about the sequel and how that’s going to look like.

Overall I enjoyed this book even if I had issues with things here and there and I would recommend it if you like slow-paced ya dystopian books reminiscent of 1984, but with a twist.

Do you have any Dystopian recommendations?

Xoxo
Jane

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#Bookreview: Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton.

Hi guys, I’ve been in the mood for some Dystopian this month and this copy of Kill or Cure arrived just in time to satisfy my craving, but without further ado, let’s see what I thought of it!!

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I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Year Of Publication: February 2018

Publisher: Troubadour Publishing

Pages: 178

  My rating: 3.5

 

 

38353476Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.

 

THE PLOT…

The story focuses on the relationships between Alyx and her “family” and their attempt to keep her brother Tommy safe after he seems he may have succumbed to the virus. The plot is paced well enough that I felt a sense of urgency and importance, and also made everything else really. The was a good amount of action scene, but also time to get to know the characters and their personalities. The idea was interesting and there are a few plot twists that were done really well, however towards the end it felt like it was a little bit too lucky and convenient the way in which events unfolded so that Alyx could achieve her objectives. I bet she was surprised herself. There were some pacing issues in my opinion once they get into the new camp when the romance seemed to have taken the attention from the main plot. I am hoping that there will be more bloodshed in the sequel.

THE CHARACTERS….

Alyx is a 17 years old girl who in the beginning is trying her best to save her brother who was ill, so she and Will go to collect this supposedly healing plant outside the compound. I really liked her for her selflessness and her ability to keep her shit together when things turned sour and for most of the part did what she was told even when she wanted to rebel. The ability to keep one’s mouth shut is actually, in my book, an incredibly good asset. Throughout the plot, she is trying to keep her family safe and together so when they end up in a worse place from where they left, she has to collect her courage and do her best to save her family. However, after she meets Colt, she seems to go into silly mode giphy.gifaround him; I wanted to shake her a few times and point her towards Will since she was so blind towards him. Like you could see that attraction from a mile away, but she wasn’t having it. Sigh.

I liked Will, he was there for her at all times, he even left his own mother behind to go with them (not that said mother was much of a mother, but still his mother, capisce?). I could see that he had strong feelings for her and he was willing to walk with her to the end of the world to keep her happy and safe, but that did not make him a loser. He was also dead funny and wicked, and I liked him a lot. On the other hand, Colt, besides the fact that he was strong and handsome I do not know more about him and because he kinda forced himself into the story, I did not really like him. Yes, he proves himself to her, but I was just not with him (maybe because I really don’t like love triangles). Team Will!

The villain aka The General wasn’t that terrifying to me and did not care much about him. I would’ve liked his character to be explored a little bit more. We only meet him on a handful of occasions so his motivations for being an assholes felt a little bit meh. I am hoping that in the next instalment we will find out more about what makes him really tick.

THE WRITING…

The writing was in tune with the tone of the book, it was easy to read because the story flowed nicely. There were a few cliches here and there (Eg.: hot girl is hot but doesn’t know she’s hot until she wears tight clothes to show curves she didn’t know she had…), but overall it was a good reading experience.

THE ENJOYMENT…

I really enjoyed this book. I think I read it 2-3 days and I do recommend it especially if you want something dystopian to read quickly, but also with some romance.

3-5-stars

Here are the links to her website / social media/amazon:
https://pixiebritton.com/about/
https://m.facebook.com/PixieBritton/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Cure-Pixie-Britton-ebook/dp/B079L7822J