The Perilous In-Between Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 4305 KB
- Publication Date : February 27, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Print Length : 403 pages
- ASIN : B078TKSWBJ
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #790,974 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It begins as a story of adventure and danger, and develops into a personal quest for the characters to solve the mystery behind the monster that holds their very existence in its hands. It explores the ways in which different people respond to adversity and conflict, and questions how those in a position of power use and abuse it.
The story is very well written and very entertaining. The world building is more complex and thought-provoking than it first appears to be, and the nature of the Monster known as the Kreak is fascinating.
The town of Chuzzlewit is populated with a varied cast of engaging and interesting characters, and the central characters are relatable in their motivations, responses and interactions with one another. Victoria, as the lead character, is an independent thinker, a problem solver, and stands up for what is right over what is easy. Her dilemmas are complex and the difficult choices she has to make remind the reader that it is the right of each individual to choose their path and shape their own reality from the choices offered to them in life, but also that those choices cannot be made in isolation from one’s responsibility to others or the society in which they live.
I snagged an ARC of this because I loved the cover and the premise. I'm big into Victorian-era stuff, although I haven't delved too much into the Steampunk genre yet. Overall, this was a fun read. The world-building was great, and the plot ended up being quite a bit different than I expected.
Where Pearson excels, though, is her character relationships. We didn't just have the main character and her love interest, and maybe a friend on the side. We had friendships between Victoria and Graham, Victoria and Rosalind, Victoria and Oscar, Oscar and Graham (whose friendship might have been my fave in the book), and more. They really did work as a group, and we don't see that often.
There was a period around 3/4 of the way through, when a lot of things were hitting their climax, that I felt the POV was shifting WAY too much. It was cutting into the middle of sub-plots (like Victoria finding out the truth, for lack of a better way to say it without spoilers) and instead of amping up the conflict and tension, I felt it diminished it.
The story ended at a good place. Wrapped things up, but at the same time, left it all open for an obvious sequel, which I'll definitely read when it's out.
The premise itself was enough to get me hooked. The small town of Chuzzlewit has been suffering the attacks of the massive 'Kreak' for what seems to be forever, and there's no end in sight. It's all that they can do to keep it held back with flamethrowers and planes, but it still manages to kill innocent civilians from time to time - a heavy loss for the small town. From the first chapter, the reader is brought right into the heart of the action, wondering how and why this monster keeps attacking (and why people don't just move a little more inland?)
The plot was fun and had quite a lot of surprises in store. The big twist early on is when a mysterious young man appears in town, and the revelation of where he's from completely changes the direction you thought this book was going on. It's fantastic, as at first, I was having trouble getting into the author's style, but a shift of perspective bring on a shift of vocabulary, and I was impressed how unique she made each character's voice.
The characters are what drive this novel, even if the premise is fantastic in its own right. We don't have a cheesy romance, we get multiple friendships that grow and twist and evolve in very natural ways (even in an unnatural world). I really enjoyed how every character interacted with the others, which made each of them more relatable and more human.
The worldbuilding, too, was rather brilliant. I loved the world of Chuzzlewit, the design of the Kreak, the fantastic planes and hovercars. It was a trip for my imagination, being in this semi-victorian setting, experiencing aviary battles and a great mystery.
The author kept bringing the twists, leaving you guessing and surprised. The climax was fantastic, a great adventure, that had my heart pounding in my chest.
All in all, a fun read. Really enjoyable, and I'm curious to see how the author continues the series!