- Series: Persephone's Curse (Book 1)
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (August 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1718028776
- ISBN-13: 978-1718028777
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,221,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The reader is immediately plunged into this terrifying future that's an interesteing cross between The Handmaid's Tale and Children of Men. A disease has eliminated many women in the world (as a pregnancy ensures death for the mother while the child often survives, emerging into the world as a carrier of the disease), but there seem to be a handful of young women who are possibly fertile, and they are... "experimented" on in labs. There is some quite disturbing content, just to warn you.
This is where we meet our protaganist and our main character, Elin. She's in one of those labs, ready to have something terrible happen to her, when she finds the opportunity to escape and of course she takes that opportunity.
What follows is an action-packed, emotional journey throrugh a world that not only doesn't respect Elin, or women like her, but uses them as disposable lab rats. Families are torn apart in the name of regenerating the human race, and those who are left behind, or who manage to escape, are left to fend for themseslves, building their own homes and forging their own means of survival.
The character development in this book is amazing. I won't give away any spoliers, but Elin doesn't end up being the same person she is when we meet her, which is wonderful, and the same goes for Jayden. There's a cast of side characters who the author does a wonderful job of introducing and developing so that the reader has an emotional investment in them.
I felt that the pacing was decent, the connection between the two main characters was palpable (and I hate romance in general), and that the backdrop of the story was super cool and intriguing.
All in all, Persephone's curse is honestly one of my favorite dystopian YA novels--and I've read many--that I believe adults can also enjoy. Ms. Bats has a distinctive writing style that draws the reader in.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, science fiction, speculative fiction, YA, or all of the above. For a first-time author, this woman truly shows some wonderful potential. I've read so many self-published books and this one reads so smoothly and while there are a few errors here and there, you can tell she worked hard to edit and smooth it over. It shows. It flows well, and it's nearly impossible to put down.
I'm already literally wanting to harrass the author about the sequel. Full disclosure--I have spoken with the author, but I purchased this book of my own accord, and I never review books that I do not feel deserve five stars (check my history).
Here’s why I think you should read it:
The main plot and the relationship between our two main characters are equally important. The relationship progresses very slowly, so this is not your typical teen romance novel but about the subtler changes in feelings and behaviours towards each other. To achieve this, the author effortlessly uses two point of views to narrate the story. I was sceptical at first, but I really enjoyed it!
She skilfully guides us through past and present events, slowly unraveling bits and pieces that weave themselves into an enthralling story.
After chapter two, I was hooked. I knew that this would be a story I was going to enjoy, even if I had no idea how it would turn out. Go read it!
Jayden meets Elin very early on in the novel. They have one of the most horrifying shared pasts that are secrets from one another, yet directly tied in the horrifying labs where girls are experimented on to find a cure. The author tells this in a believable and beautiful way as you unwrap more of this world, and unwrap the barriers that have plagued Elin for many years now. The story has a lot of romance in it. I found this beautiful and fun in the deca that surrounded all the characters in the book. We need to find beauty and things to cling to when all seems so glum. Elin and Jayden are written where their blossoming relationship is fun and challenging to the reader as they learn to trust one another, and learn about their shared past of horror.
Alex is a truly scary, lurking character that stays with the group in the school. Even there they can’t feel completely safe with his skittish behavior. Jane, the resident doctor is a great compliment to the story and they are lucky to have her there as things get gruesome many times throughout the story. Cam is Jayden’s best friend, and oft walks in at the strangest times. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is another fun character with a depressing past that has changed his life.
I try to keep spoilers out of my reviews, but read the prologue and you should be hooked. It is outstanding and will set the tone for what you will be in for. The novel alternates between Jayden and Elin’s perspective. I know I had a lot of fun reading it.