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The Fearless Hardcover – April 14, 2015
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About the Author
EMMA PASS has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. ACID was her first novel, and The Fearless is her second. By day, she works as a library assistant and lives with her husband and dog in the Northeast Midlands of England.
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When I first read the description of this book, I was instantly intrigued. It sounded like a perfect blend of dystopia and thriller with an original plot. I haven't read any of the author's other works before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Happily, I wasn't disappointed in the least. The author does a great job creating a truly terrifying dystopian world where a drug that was supposed to help soldiers during and after serving has a severe side effect: most of the people who take it lose the ability to feel fear. The drug soon escaped the military's hands and was given to tons of people across the globe - infecting them with the same outcome - the loss of fear. I think the world the author created for the book is terrifying because, if you think about it, this could actually happen in our world today. Who knows what kind of drugs the military and government are working on? And a side effect of aggression that morphs into loss of fear is capable of occurring now. There's honestly nothing about how Cass's world came to be that isn't possible of happening to our society right now. That's a really scary thought. We see how fast the world disintegrates and falls into chaos - forcing people to hide in order to keep themselves and their families safe. Again - not very far-fetched, in my opinion. I loved learning how the drug came to be, how it changed from being a helpful medicine for soldiers into the dreadful poison that creates the Fearless, and how people live in a world so frightening.
Cass is a great main character for the book. She's ten years old when the Invasion happens, so she remembers what the world was like before the Fearless overtook it. She also remembers the horror of the Invasion itself - the panic it caused worldwide, all of the destruction that happened, and having to move to Hope Island to be safe. Because of this knowledge, Cass is a down to earth teenage girl who is incredibly protective of her little brother, Jori. She will do anything to keep him safe and out of harms way. She's always on her guard on the island, just in case something were to go wrong. She's a loving and kind person who will do whatever it takes to make things right or to fight for what she believes in. We see her character grow throughout the book as she goes to find Jori - she matures both mentally and physically in the outside world. By the end, Cass is a very different person from the one at the beginning of the book - having to fight to stay alive changes her in a lot of ways, not all of which are easy to see.
The plot was fascinating, just like the description promised. Like I mentioned above, the world that the author created freaked me out because it was so realistic and could actually happen. The story is fast paced with loads of action and lots of suspense. I found myself reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. Cass's journey to find Jori was full of obstacles and problems that always seemed to get in her way. The Fearless were freaky and one of the best parts of the book. I think it's because of their grotesque behavior and odd appearance that had me so fascinated. It was like a wreck - it's gruesome and terrifying, but you just can't stop yourself from watching. The one thing I did notice was that some of the dialogue seemed choppy and didn't sound like a normal conversation. When I came across parts like this, it pulled me out of the story a bit, which then took a little while for me to get immersed into the novel again. This is solely my opinion and I'm sure that other readers had no issues with it. For me though, it broke the trance-like state that a good book can put you in several times and each time I had to get myself back into that mindset. If the dialogue was more natural and flowed easily, I would have given the book a higher rating. Overall, this was a solid YA dystopian thriller that fans of both genres will enjoy, along with those who like suspense, action, and science fiction. It's a great book for anyone to read and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Set in a future where a military serum meant to make super soldiers goes horribly awry, main character Cass has been among a group of survivors for the past several years. The Fearless were originally supposed to result in soldiers stripped of their fear, but instead resulted in people stripped of their humanity, whose goal is to turn others just like them. After losing her father in the invasion of the Fearless, Cass and a small community of people have taken refuge on Hope Island—distanced from the Fearless and their inhumane ways. But when Cass’s brother is stolen by the Fearless, she embarks on a journey to go after him and bring him home.
At its core, The Fearless is a zombie story without the zombies. The Fearless themselves are a horde of monsters who have been turned from humans to something else entirely. Something that craves only to pass on its affliction to other humans. Something that is slowly rotting in the most horrifying ways possible. Unlike zombies, the Fearless are still intelligent. They are still strong. They’re pretty badass. Imagine an onslaught of human-shaped monsters with no humanity coming after you with dead, silver eyes—it’s pretty scary to imagine. And that’s exactly what Pass’s characters have been enduring every day for the past seven years.
While the Fearless are an incredibly imaginative concept, I do wish that there had been more elaboration on certain points in the plot. There were many plot holes that left me asking far too many questions throughout reading and long after having finished the story. While Pass’s stylistic prose is smooth and easy to read, I still wish that there had been more details into certain aspects of the Fearless, life on the mainland (which doesn’t seem as dangerous as we’ve been lead to believe), and the world outside of Hope Island.
Cass isn’t the only protagonist in The Fearless. We also read from the point of views of other characters like Sol and Myo as she embarks on her quest to find her brother, Jori. While Cass is the main character who leads the plot forward, Sol and Myo are two characters who offer us outlooks into the life outside of Cass and her adventure. Sol gives readers an insight into life on Hope Island, where everyone lives like soldiers. Myo gives us brief insight into the life on the mainland and what that looks like in these post-invasion times. Both Sol and Myo pose the threat of a love triangle popping up in the storyline, but whether that happens or not is for readers to discover.
Readers who enjoy novels with strong leading protagonists will love The Fearless. Readers who are looking for a novel that is filled with secrecy and plot-twists will eat up The Fearless. Fans of dystopia and thrillers will love this new novel from Emma Pass.
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