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Book of Omni (Angelic Heroes) Paperback – September 16, 2013
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My biggest complaint with the book is that I was constantly wanting more. The main character, Omni, is a great concept for a character, and the world is extremely deep, but I always felt like I was missing out on some of the things going on with the world and the characters. There was a jerkiness to it that felt very start-stop in places, and it could be a bit off putting. Its a shame that Book of Omni is not actually the Books of Omni as there are several dozen awesome stories that I would love to see elaborated on. Every time something awesome was happening, it would jump off to a new, wonderful intriguing idea.
I am probably not the target audience, though. I don't read a ton of young adult fiction, but since I was approached by the author to do an honest review, I decided I would do a little research into the genre I was reading. I went and took a look at the best selling Young Adult Fantasy book, and came to the following conclusion:
Book of Omni is just as good as any of the best-sellers in the market and a great deal better than some.
I think the best thing I can do now is to send this book to my 12-year-old niece and see how she enjoys it.
If you enjoy reading YA, and have a fondness for the old Hannah-Barbara adventure cartoons, you'll like Omni. It is a nice tale that follows the adventures of a woman through her entire life and fits with the lower attention span of young readers.
If I could ask of one thing from the writers, I would say this, "PLEASE! Give me more!" I would happily read a series of novellas or novels that got deeply into the nitty-gritty details of all of Omni's adventures. As the book currently stands, it would be hard for me to recommend it to another adult, but I would happily hand it over to the adolescent kids in my life. The violence that happens is all cartoonishly overblown, and it harkened back to a time when I was a kid and laughed for hours about a giant floating eyeball going "Sploosh" when it was popped.
There is some sexy-adjacent scenes, but I think for the most part they would all go over the heads of younger readers. They get exposed to more adult themes on the average Nickelodeon Tween show.
This review might read as overly critical, but I do believe the story is good, I just want more depth for my jaded, cynical self. I will probably look into snagging the next book in the series, and will send this book to some adolescent kids in my life and get their insights. I think they will probably rave over it.
In short, a book I'd recommend to kids, but for adult readers looking for a deep, epic fantasy, this is probably not the book for you. If you're looking for a book that you can give to a kid that has several good social and religious morals, than you should pick up Book of Omni.
I received a free copy of this book for review.