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Planet Urth (Book 1) (Planet Urth Series) Kindle Edition
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Mostly, like too many others I have seen in the YA category, the authors need to take a refresher course in grammar. The grammatical errors interrupt the story for those of us who are familiar with grammar. Worse, this one left me shuddering at how many children reading these books are subconsciously mislearning when to use "I" and "me".
The authors have several series they have written but if this book is a reflective sample they should immerse themselves in reading some representatives of authors who have been there and succeeded, such as Andre Norton, so that they can learn to flesh out and pace the storyline.
Avery, a middle age girl at 17 years old, and her sister, June, who is 8 years old, live alone in a cave, hunting to survive. Their dad died peacefully at the OLD age of 50 one year ago.
The book is a grammatically poor yawn fest. Avery hunts. Avery skins. They eat. They don't eat. They can't be out at night. They must be diligent of the ever present danger from urth men and lurkers. Avery finds people. She is hot for the boy in the group. Bad things happen from the ever present danger. Avery and June joins the other group with the hot boy. The end.
The world was built in a few pages at the very beginning, and it goes down hill from there. The characters are bland and boring. They share stories of the past where people had lights on a switch, dogs lived with them, and they lived in homes. This was not exciting.
The only thing present was the insta-lust, but even that was lukewarm and poorly done. Oh, and Avery is a gifted fighter. You will read about this repeatedly as well. This was the whole story.
There is just nothing here.
My main dissatisfaction with the story, other than the relatively slow pace, is hard to say without spoiling things. So I'll just say that in my opinion there is too much time devoted to describing skin tone and eye color over and over. Every once in a while is fine, but this gets downright obsessive. I do appreciate that the skin tone in discussion is dark tan with black hair, and it's the reason I'm bothering to post this review on the blog (rawhitebooksandmore.weebly.com for those reading this elsewhere). I'm not completely sure it's enough to warrant titling the book 'diverse', but I decided to interpret the description as such.
A lot of things happen over and over, showing the monotony of a solitary life, but again, I still felt interested enough to keep reading. I felt distant from the story, like the main character was kind of lifeless, but I think that might have been intentional since she is a really dry character just trying to get by. I felt that it improved as her outlook on life did. There were also some typos, and a weird thing in that the text and dialogue is mostly free of contractions, making it feel kind of formal, but then in odd places there will be contractions again, leaving me to wonder what I was supposed to understand about the way they think and talk.
Still, I liked it enough to buy the second book, which long time readers will know I don't always do. I have no trouble stopping a book midway or quitting a series when I see that it's not going a way that will please me. I bought book two, Planet Urth: The Savage Lands this morning and plan to read it right after I finish the book I started last night.
Sexual Content: I think I can safely say it stays in the realm of infatuation, and doesn't creep into the territory of lust. No sexual content.
Violence: Yeah, some stabbing, sword fighting, and associated gore. Most of it is against non-humans.
Overall Plot/Message: I enjoyed the theme of self sacrifice and true love (not romantic), and Avery's personal growth and the growth of her relationship with her sister. The characters are strong despite their flaws and made me want to root for them.
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