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A little slow, but has potential as a series,
This review is from: The Survivors (Hardcover)
The Survivors by Amanda Havard was one of those books for which I had to force myself to keep going, to ignore the little annoyances, and hope with my fingers crossed that it would get better. I usually wouldn't review a book I didn'tenjoy, but as it turns out, this book ends up getting better and presenting some extreme potential for itself.
I began this book with a certain mindset, thinking it would be more about the witch trials of Salem; however, the book only covers this era briefly, shooting forward to the present day.The story revolves around Sadie, an awkward, supermodel-looking non-human who escaped her oppressive village to live among humans. The first three quarters of the book seem to be mostly about how strange Sadie appears to other hu
mans, the lust she detects from the men she meets, and the jealousy she feels from the women. (Snobby much?) There are also incessant references to designer clothing and expensive cars - these descriptions take up paragraphs of the book which were a little annoying - we get it, she wears ridiculously overpriced clothes in addition to being a man-magnet and the envy of all women.
The story drags on in this way and just when you're beginning to wonder if anything is ever going to happen, the Winters show up and spice things up a little. They encourage Sadie to grow and accept who she is in addition to helping her want a future for herself. I was a little skeptical of this new family and their automatic acceptance, but at the same time I was relieved to finally feel some stimulation in my brain from some much needed action and mystery. It just happens that the Winters have more to do with Sadie's and her family's life than she initially realized, and their connection is the only way to survive the future.
As it turns out, the story gets much better towards the end, the references to designer clothes cease, and Sadie becomes a little less weird. The Survivors is the first book in a series, so this is the one that introduces everyone and gives us all the background information before getting to juicy stuff in the last quarter of the book that familiarizes us with everything to come in the next of the series. :) We are introduced to different and unusual creatures, secrets we never would have guessed, visions of the future, unexpected rebellions, and the possibility of war.
Despite my boredom in the beginning, I think this book is worth reading. If the events the storyline of The Survivors predetermines really come to surface, we're in for an exhilerating, nail-biting ride in the books to come.