- File Size: 1912 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lagomorph Press (May 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EPAC5GM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Edge of Desperation: Wielder World Book 1 Kindle Edition
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But the writing was pretty good and I liked the characters a lot. I liked seeing the strong older sister and the younger brother who gets protected. I liked the way the author played with gender. Though I thought it was a little compromised by the woman (being vague to avoid a spoiler) that was resented for being good at her job and asked to quit. I get it. It was supposed to be like a man being accused of working too much and not giving his family enough attention. But men in that scenario still aren't generally asked to give up their career.
And as much as I appreciated the twist on the genders, I never could get comfortable with it. The idea that men are prohibited from doing something because of their biology and therefore oppressed by women, who are physically more capable, read very much like the reader was invited to feel sorry for the 'poor oppressed men.' And given the current state of the world, that was a request that chafed. If this was a book written with an intended male audience, such that they were being invited to put themselves in women's shoes, I would rally behind it. But it's not. It's written with a female audience in mind and, as a woman, I'm just not really interested in being asked to 'think of the poor, pitiful men,' when they still wield the bulk of social control in real life.
Lastly, the whole latter 1/3 of the book, when Reggie ran off to do something incredibly stupid, made no sense. I could find no logic in this action that made it even remotely believable. I basically think the book just spiraled off into nonsense at that point. Also, I was fine with it, but in case anyone else isn't, I wouldn't really call this a romance. There are two gay men and a bit of flirting, but no romance, as far as I'm concerned.
Over all, not a bad read, just one with a few problems.
Though both Reggie and Kyle were wielders, we see that they have very unique personalities and choose to handle their wielding in different ways. Maybe because of their age difference or their different backgrounds but Reggie ended up having a more calm and confident personality that contrasted Kyle’s defiant one. Their moments together where Reggie guided Kyle and tried to save him from the madness were the only intimate moments we see with those two, besides a bit of flirting there wasn’t much romance in this book but I am guessing we will see more in the next ones.
There were also a few moments of action where the main characters had to deal with a wielder cult and a subplot with some secondary characters but all of this felt a little cramped into the story and the way they resolved felt a bit rushed. I think the whole book was pretty interesting but it needed a lot more pages than this novella had, so the author could fully develop this story.
I voluntarily reviewed the free copy that I received.
The world building is intricate and impressive, but it takes precedence over characterisation.
Although I enjoyed the fact that the sexual orientation of the lead character was a minor issue, and he had to deal with minor issues of accusations of both male and female students hitting on him.
I'd like to see where this one goes.
And me being me, I liked the torture scene....
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