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Desert Born (Puatera Online Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0759PBN4N
- Publisher : Dawn Chapman (November 8, 2017)
- Publication date : November 8, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2682 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 111 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, the storytelling here laid to rest my fear that GameLit as a new and emerging genre did not have the legs for a long run. It can't be easy to avoid falling into worn grooves of relying on game mechanisms, a restatement of 'Middle Earth', and a universe which literally does reside within a box. The author makes her way around all of these pitfalls. The dystopian universe expands here, and is an arid, barren, apocalyptic sort of Western, with machines. Game functions are referenced, but are not disruptive nor controlling. Instead, the 'game' wears the barriers of reality thin and even through, not only into (maybe?) this world but others. Thus the GameLit crosses into the hard scifi of quantum mechanics, and high fantasy. The game opens into a multiverse with many possibilities. This approach is nothing less than the salvation of GameLit into an enduring genre.
Second, the unfolding of the narrative is quite exciting. The first book in the series, Desert Runner, was mostly a linear narrative, with much of the feel of old classic scifi, a delight in itself, but somewhat restricted by those very limits. Desert Born takes that prelude and opens up with a series of rapid plot twists and reversals, which are dizzying but logica. The new pattern is not linear, but rather a plot mandala, and events can go in a multitude of directions, all of them exciting and portentious. The characters are more fleshed out than in the first volume as Puatera becomes more real.
Excellent series, and highly recommended.
I am new to Ms. Chapman’s stories (as of the first book in this series) and I have to admit I’m hooked like a bad junkie! She writes with such passion, intensity and action, yet not failing to connect with emotion. I’ll shut up…but you MUST READ!!
The novel starts off well enough. There’s some romance as the main character (MC), Maddie, finds Alex hurt in front of her car when she thought he’d left forever. She takes him to get healed and realizes how much she cares for him and he her. Nice.
The MC also has some very clear goals in this novel. Save the Tomoal (dragons). Get them some food to save their soon to hatch eggs. She has to rally the NPC community to get enough food for the entire clan. There are also some interesting revelations about why the MC is special and why she has such an interesting connection with the dragons. Cool stuff. The story was legitimately on it’s way to a score of 7 out of 10.
Then there’s this weird plot twist at the 75% mark that comes out of nowhere and is just such a head scratcher that it derails the story a bit. I mean i know a lot of authors like a plot twist at the 75% mark, but genetically modified man eating cows? Really?
There’s more to the twist and it leads to the addition of a cool dragon but It just feels like a way to delay the big resolution of the story to book 3.
Overall, the story is nice but it could have been good.
Score: 6 out of 10.
This is a good (not great) "fantasy romance" series. The only "LitRPG" elements happen periodically when Dawn (seldom) mentions a character's "outside" life...or when she sticks a character's (once again seldom) "health" Stat into the mix.
Once again, I have purchased and will read the next installment (yes...addictive personality mixed with "finding fewer options for next read" syndrome.) :-p
This book (series?)...should NOT be considered LitRPG. But hey..."books gots sexy covers"...
Alright...truth...only have slogged through the first 1/3 of the book. Will come back and revise when finished. Not holding breath but, definitely willing to have perception changed...
Keeping this review @ 2 stars. Thought about actually lowering it (due to above concerns)...but that would be a-hole'ish. Thought about raising it to 3 stars...because Dawn does have an interesting story here...can't do that either.
Bought book 3...not gonna bother reading it.
Sorry Dawn...please either write a true LitRPG...or market your (arguably good and intetesting) stories for what they truly are...fantasy romance.