This was a free e-book on Kindle and I have to say the general synopsis got me;
The Citizens of Haven have finally realized their dream; separation. They have ascended. A new layer has been placed upon the city, sealing anyone they deem unfit down below. In the dark slums beneath the city, something has been set in motion that will usher in a change. Something that will rattle the city of Haven to its core and forever alter the lives of everyone within.
Who wouldn’t want to read such a book like this? Okay, probably a few people who aren’t keen or interested in dystopia earth. But I figured what the hell and went for it, plus it was free; which actually sounds rather bad now that I think of it. However it is an new author with a fresh looking book. I have read many reviews that have complains about the editing, and I did find that some words were spelt wrong, but nothing to annoy or irritate me to the point of complaining about it – my view is that every single book that is published will have some kind of error in it.
Anyway, I found this to be a rather unique book, it’s not too involved with any romance nor is it keeping the reader away from the gritty action happening. You get to read the details of the people who are being killed and their thoughts.
There are so many things that make you think ‘oh it’s them’ and then ‘oh no, it’s them’, it’s very much a second guessing book, if you had an idea in your mind you are most likely wrong.
The story and the plot are kept at a good pace, there wasn’t any parts where it slowed down too much, if anything it gives the reader a bit of breathing time and more clues as to what is going on. It’s also a unique plot, although I haven’t read many dystopia books before that haven’t been linked in with steampunk.
There was so many of them! I think that would be my main bug bear about this book, but I will get to that in a moment.
I loved Malcolm, he was such a unique character, his introduction at the start of the book just left you wanting to know more about him and what he is, because you know he’s not human, at least not completely, but it was the twist at the end of the book was a nice touch to his whole ‘story’ as it were. Kaylee was another interesting character, she was well fleshed out and I thought she was rather a realistic character; and then there is Rick – I kinda felt Rick was just to be a foil for Kaylee and Victor than to be a truly interesting character. He was just there, although he did have a good few lines and is a captain of sorts, but there was no real personality within him, he was rather bland.
Elijah was another interesting and kind of mysterious character, as was Victor, although we did learn something at the end of the book about them, but it was made clearer in the middle of the book who they were but it was clarified even more so at the end of the book.
Arthur – this character was a strange one, I kinda got the feeling that he was a bit like Brain Blessed (I don’t know how I got that idea, but I did.) He was a character that I also liked even though he was working with ‘the bad guy’s’. In the end there was a nice twist in the tale about him too.
The story showed that although people could be working for what they believe to be the greater good; they might very well just be working for the higher-up’s revenge; and the Citizen’s might not be as cold-blooded as the lower people believe. Essentially this is a story more about the layers of a war, of a feud that has gone on for so long without any conclusion, but when that conclusion comes to an end, no one is truly satisfied.
I have read that there is a conclusion story to this one, so I might end up reading that one at some point, but for me the story finished rather well.
My one complaint about this novel? Too many characters, background characters are one thing but there was so many front row centre characters that just boggled the mind, Sergei was the one character that I could easily remember although he clearly wasn’t a main character, he had something about his character, his own personality that just seemed to pop and he would have been an interesting character to learn more about.
One the whole I would most likely read this book again, it has everything in it to make it a very good read, it just missed the mark a bit due to the amount of character’s within it. Less is sometimes more, even in dystopia novels.