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Generation V Mass Market Paperback – May 7, 2013
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"I loved M.L. Brennan's Generation V. Engrossing and endearlingly quirky, with a creative and original vampire mythos, it's a treat for any urban fantasy lover!"--New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Chance
"Full of vivid characters and terrific world building, Generation V is a fun, fast-packed romp of a story that kept me glued tot he pages to the very last word. Loved it! Bravo, M.L. Brennan, bravo!"--National Bestselling Author Devon Monk
About the Author
M. L. Brennan lives in Connecticut with her husband and three cats. Holding a master’s degree in fiction, she teaches basic composition to college students. After spending years writing and publishing short work in other genres, Brennan decided to branch out and write the kind of book that she loved to read, resulting in Generation V, her first full-length work of urban fantasy.
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Some of the self published newcomers in this genre are poorly edited, littered with plot holes and just bad. This book is NOT one of those. This book had a very good flow, the decisions of the characters meet sense, and the book was quite enjoyable.
However you may notice that I've only given four for this review. Here's why.
1. What's this book does not have that the previously mentioned books have are decent action sequences. Generally in the urban fantasy genre the hero does a lot of physical battling well moving through the story. This book has only one true action scene.
2. The other things the many books of the genre have is a lot of dry whit and humor. This book doesn't really have that.
Overall I find this one is the better books that I have recently read in the urban fantasy genre. I do highly recommended and think that the storyline has a lot of potential. I have already purchased the next book in the series.
That said, the story itself is good. Well paced, there were no spots I wanted to skip over. The other characters are well drawn. I especially liked Suzume, but I suspect we were supposed to especially like her. The villain of the story was sufficiently bad so that we really wanted him to go down.
The world building is also very good. Things fit together well, there are no incongruous elements. And we're discovering some new things along with the main character, so that's always a plus. I liked the highly original way Brennan presents vampire reproduction.
I would like to mention the writing. It's really good. Several times I was struck by how well Brennan expressed something. One time, in particular stuck with me through the whole story. It was near the beginning: "His dark eyes gleamed like ocean water under a full moon...". I found that this was REALLY evocative. It's not the only example, but it was the one that really stuck.
There were plenty of things left open and so we can hopefully expect more from Fort and Suzume.
I'm really looking forward to more books in this series.
I don't rate any books 5 stars. If I did, I would have definitely given this one 5 stars.
While reading, I'm always questioning characters actions: Is it something the character would actually do, or did the character act that way for plot purposes? I Didn't even realize until after I finished the first two books of this series that I hadn't done that once. Characters seemed to always act accordingly. That alone was enough to make me really like these books.
I really liked the take this book had on vampires. It seems like M.L. Brennan went for somewhat of a middle ground. They weren't the sparkling type, but neither were they just soulless killers. Some of her idea's were really unique and worked really well. I liked how vampires are created and how they eventually turned. It was both interesting and creepy.
I also liked the protagonist and how he doesn't suddenly change from loser to superhero. Instead, he grow's in small but significant ways. He starts out as a huge pushover which was annoying to read at first. After meeting his family and learning about his childhood, I kind of understood why he was like that. Though maybe not to the point of how big of a pushover he was in the beginning of the story. After first couple of chapters I found myself pulling for him. He turns out to be a lovable loser/underdog type that you can't help but like.
While neither of the first two books in this series would be in my top five favorite books, this series is in my top 3 favorite series. Neither book is amazing, but both are extremely good.
All in all, these two books were the best books I've read in at while.