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While I am not a fan of Young Adult novels in general, The Ex-Pacifist was an example of this genre done with skill and competency. While the story includes many aspects of popular YA fiction it does include a good amount of genuinely original material and avoids plot devices that normally ruin YA dystopian for me. The characters are well developed, the world is layered and believable, emotion is well portrayed and the story is consistent in all its concepts and intricacies. The overall tone of the story is very much like a space opera and I would loosely describe it in tone to be like a cross between "Hunger Games" and "Star Wars". I was often reminded, while reading this, of the "Jedi Apprentice" books by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson because of the atmosphere of the world that was created. The plot is reminiscent of a mystery novel in places, though it never deviates from its popular YA Sci-Fi and Space Opera themes. All together this creates a very textured and vibrant story with surprises tucked into every corner.
While I am not the target audience I did very much enjoy this as a bit of light reading and was pleasantly surprised by its moments of genuine depth and sobriety. For teens who enjoy Sci-Fi stories, romance and strong characters "The Pacifist" will be a very enjoyable read with a good pace, interesting characters, an engaging plot and a brilliant climax.
I loved the heroine, Vera. She is such an interesting character who is strong, but not too strong. She is caught in a dilemma and trying her best to survive. I just didn't like her name. It's the first time in a long time that I wished the main character had a different name, but that's easily overlooked.
Roman, her new bodyguard, is the right guy for the story. He helps her to see things from a different point of view. He is everything you would hope for in a love story. Of course, Vera doesn't see the connection right away. I could read all day long about the two of them together. They are a dynamite team.
This action-packed thriller is also partly philosophical. There are plenty of interesting things to consider when it comes to the politics, laws, and government of the planets like the Blackwatch Empire and the pleasure planet of Capricornia. How far is Vera willing to follow the Matsumoto Treaty Laws? She is a Matsumoto after all. It's in her blood. The Emperor is her cousin, no less, and he rules the Blackwatch Empire.
I really enjoyed the bits of sarcasm in the book. For example, the easy-to-remember list of Matsumoto Treaty Laws has an even easier list of punishments to remember. I don't want to give anything away, so you will have to find out for yourself.
I also appreciated how race was handled in the story. Is there really such a thing as a perfect race? Personally, I like rooting for the underdog.
I have to warn you that this book does not have a satisfactory ending. It leaves you in suspense. The second and third books are reasonably priced at $2.99 each on Amazon Kindle, so budget for that before purchasing the first book at only $0.99.
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Constructive criticism... Some obvious editing errors, but not so much that they couldn't be overlooked. Found myself skimming over some of the descriptions to get to the action. Overall, extremely well written.
A must Read YA Dystopia book for those who love the genre and those who don't.
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