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Ending Fear: Book One of the Gliding Lands Paperback – July 18, 2017
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While the novel is definitely a book for female interests, I was disappointed that there wasn't anything for male interests. My hope is that Ms. Fugett will see her way clear to add characters and additional plotting for male readers as well.
Deanna Fugett writes an interesting tale on a dystopian Earth where everything but Godliness runs rampant across two worlds. This YA adult read is a fairly clean read; but there are mentions of abuse, kidnapping, and slavery. What I really found interesting is how Fugett named her characters after the traits they most possess: Fear, Courage, Trouble, Charity, Melody, Happy, Manly (the handsome hunk in the story), and more. It was interesting to see these characteristic traits become humanized. Ending Fear leaves off on a cliffhanger, which will have readers, YA and adult alike, ready for the sequel novel, Living Brave.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from L2RL2W Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
This novel features a teenage protagonist but is easily enjoyed by adults. I would recommend this for older teens and adults, possibly younger teens if parents read it with them. It could be upsetting for younger teens to process alone. It does address some heavy topics such as molestation, human trafficking, physical abuse, and infanticide. These are handled really well in that I was moved with compassion and grief over them, but gritty details are not dwelt on, and there is a clear message of hope and transformation on the story. I appreciated how the author handled a protagonist who has been the victim of abuse – how she would respond to the world and how her understanding of relationships would be broken by her experiences.
Fear (the characters are named after character traits and emotions) is a compelling protagonist. Her voice is suitable to her age but never becomes a stereotype. Her character progression is believable and nuanced. Most of the important relationships Fear has are developed well and mattered to me as a reader. I was surprised by a few characters' action towards the end of the book and I hope to find out some good reasons for that in the next installment.
This is a first book in a series, and if you are the kind of reader who doesn't like waiting for the second book, be forewarned that some might consider this to end on a cliffhanger. Strictly speaking, I don't think I would call it that, but there are both immediate circumstances that are unresolved as well as larger issues that would continue to be addressed in the next book. This made sense to me as this world has some big problems to be addressed and there's no way they could all be solved in one book.
Oh, and to add to the fun, there's a companion coloring book!
How does one write a review after this kind of adventure? My emotions are still reeling from that VERY unexpected ending!
And oh my goodness, let's NOT forget to talk about that bad guy who totally PLAYED MY FACE!!!! Say what?!
Oh yeah, what about a certain HANDSOME man who just happens to flip the script ON ME!!! What is happening in The Gliding Lands?!
Again, I just can't even with this book, but it was sooooo good! Engaging from the beginning and only increasing where I wanted to refuse to go to bed, but my body said otherwise.
I don't even know what to say because my heart is filled with fuzzier, but they are mix fuzzies and NEEDDDDDD book two right now. Everything was just awesome and loved how it all came together so flawlessly (but maybe a little too flawed for certain said characters).
One thing stands out the most (beside absolutely loving that the names are emotions because how did the author know this is what I was missing in my book reading life) is the total transformation of Fear. I absolutely love her story and felt she was so real as a main character. My heart grew right along with her.
I hope you pick up this dystopian book. It's different, unique, and a must read.