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Cayden is a Cresecren teen, a "manufactured being", who's soul purpose is to serve his human family, but when an altercation transpires Cayden finds himself banned to Gavron, a Cresecren camp. Cayden prepares to spend the rest of his life in Gavron and quickly befriends Alecander, a fellow Cresecren. The pair are sent beyond the safety of the walls of Gavron to gather supplies in what is known as the Den. The Den is an unsafe place especially for Cresecrens. Alecander and Cayden are about to discover just how dangerous it is. When devastation strikes, the events that unfold alter the lives of everyone involved. It becomes difficult to determine who to trust as the sinister plan of those pulling the strings unfolds.
I am a fan of Crystal Marcos's middle grade stories and was ecstatic when she announced the release of her first young adult book. Novus is a creative masterpiece. The characters are rich and alive and the vibrant details bring the story to life. The action is gripping and easily captivating. The emotions and seemingly "human" traits that develop in these beings is enduring. When Cayden begins to experience feelings for a human teen (which is forbidden) I found myself liking his character even more. As the plot thickened and the survivors of the destruction of Gavron sought safety, I became even more engrossed in Novus and was eager to see how the group fared against their many adversities.
Novus is a real page-turner and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait for the next book in the The Cresecren Chronicles series to come out!
Novus by Crystal Marcos is the first book in The Cresecren Chronicles, an action/adventure, dystopian/apocalyptic romance of an inhuman sort. This is a series and after finishing the first book, I can hardly wait for the next.
I was drawn to Cayden’s story from the opening chapter. He is a Cresecren, created to be used in whatever manner his human’s see fit, a slave. When Cayden has served his usefulness, he is sent to Gavaron, with other Cresecren considered rejects and rebels.
He immediately hooked up with Alecander, even though they do not have friends, sex or mates…like humans.They are infertile. Is that considered a curse or a blessing? So what did he feel for Linnaya?
When we do get to Novus, a charming town – “A place to start over, a place to begin, a clean state…” – Just when I thought they were safe, this mismatched band of friends will be put to the test.
I became complacent, lulled into a sense of comfort by Crystal Marcos’s writing. Things are not what they appear to be and there is imminent danger of a different kind.
I felt happy in those moments when the characters could celebrate and enjoy life, and deep sorrow when tragedy struck.
The descriptive writing led me to visualize the action and the world that surrounds the characters. Example: Every once in a while her copper sandals would peek out as if to say hello. How great is that?
Novus made me think of our Civil War, but with a twist. The “people” just want to be free, human and Cresecren alike. The characters have become a family, of sorts, and I am totally invested in their survival. I marveled at their willingness to put their life on the line for each other as they began to realize their feelings and the ability to care. The Cresecren are not just robots, with no feelings and desires of their own. They had more in common with humans than anyone thought…or is that what put them in so much danger, hunted down like criminals or terrorists.
I love Novus and I look forward to more Cresecren adventures with Cayden, Linnaya and the family, as they struggle to make a free life and stay alive.
I received a copy of Novus by Crystal Marcos in return for an honest and unbiased review.
I was also really impressed with the way Ms. Marcos' writing gave us such insight into the main character's (Cayden) past and feelings. An example is the line: "Thank you...I gasped the words I had used before but rarely meant." With this one sentence we are aware of the isolated, lonely existence Cayden has endure up to this point in his life. This really made me feel as though I knew the characters well.
Ms. Marcos' world building and writing combined with the page turning excitement made for a tale I couldn't wait to keep reading. I am excited to read more, and will certainly be in line for her next book.
One thing that I did find a bit difficult to get used to, however, was the formal speech of the Cresecrens. At first I kept feeling as though their formal speech didn't match the situation at hand, but Ms. Marcos to a good job of subtlety reminding us throughout the book that this is how Cresecrens speak.
I would recommend this book for readers of all ages. It has all the components one might be looking for in a book. With the stunning success of similar novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, I believe this book will find it's place right next to these on your book shelf.
*I received a free book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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