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- Publication Date : March 16, 2019
- File Size : 3283 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 240 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07PS7TZTT
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,013 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm the first to like a good paranormal/action/romance but trust and love have to be earned, especially when writing about war or post apocalyptic events. I wish authors, both male and female, would remain true to the nature of these settings and events. Women and men, boys and girls react similarly in war. Some can't handle it and break down and some learn to find inner strength and become fighters and leaders. If you are going to write about a young woman who is a fighter then be consistent with that narrative. If they make a mistake indecision making, then make it a realistic one and show that thought process and how they learned from it or else the fact that they have survived that log does not seem realistic. Lastly, if they do find a relationship, then make it well earned. It is hard to trust anyone in this world after a devastating war, so to have the heroine and have her thrown off by someone's good looks just diminishes the heroine.
If you look at another book with a young heroine who is a fighter, for example, you can see how not to diminish a female lead. The book Hunger Games was so great because you could see that Katniss (the heroine) was tough, you leaned what forced Katniss to be tough, and you saw that she kept her focus even when there was the chance for love. You saw that while it may have crossed her mind that she had a chance for love, the more important thing was just to keep her family safe., and she was the one to do that.
No I don't expect every book with a young female lead to be like the Hunger Games. In fact it's great that other interesting stories with dynamic women are out there. I ended up giving this book 4 stars because the premise was a good one, and the story flowed pretty well. I just wish more care was taken with developing the female lead, and clarifying how her trust and love were earned. That being said, I will go on to read the next book in the series. I think it was a good first book by this author.
I loved the strong female lead, Abel, her African and Spanish genetics, her ability with the sword and hand to hand fighting, her determination, and her emotional strength. I loved Kane, who is complex but honorable. The world-building was good and something I haven’t seen before. I enjoyed the “Others”. The pacing was good, most of the time, and there were some great action scenes. There was a good dose of violence, but it wasn’t described in gory detail. You can cut someone’s head off with a sword without describing blood sprays and such.
There is a cliffhanger ending, but the sequel is out. It’s basically one book split into two parts. I definitely want to read the next one, but I hate this modern tendency of splitting books. “The Stand” is hugely long but is one book!
Child molestation and rape is hinted at in some parts but not seen directly.
This is M/F. No cheating. No love triangle. It is written in 1st person pretense tense. I find this much less jarring than 3rd close present tense.
There are basically two sex scenes. They aren’t graphic but rather camera obscura. They lack detail, so the words could be taken to mean more or less depending on the reader. For example:
"I tear his belt free and kick his pants off with my feet, then I tease him with my fingers and then again with my lips."
What is meant by this? Exactly where her fingers and lips go is up for interpretation.
Grammar and spelling: I found 13 errors in Population, including missing words, wrong words, and repeated words or phrases. Not bad at all. This is aside from the routinely missing commas between two independent clauses, missing commas after introductory clauses, and extreme run-on sentences that I have accepted as the author’s style of writing. This is fiction, not academia, so the rules are less rigid. I found this style distracting because my brain shouted “error” frequently, and the run-on sentences were confusing at times.
Unrealistic Timing: Abel is seriously hurt after the forest cult part in the beginning but seems mostly recovered 1-2 days later. She has never worn heels, wears and dances is stilettos for 48 hours, and no mention is made about swollen ankles or legs. There is definitely some almost instalove. It happens pretty fast. But I’m okay with it.
Confusion: Earlier in the book, Abel talks about having been raped or was it attempted rape that was thwarted? I thought two of a gang had actually succeeded until the second sex scene when blood is obliquely mentioned twice along with some pain. If she wasn’t a virgin, where do the pain and blood come from? At the least, it’s unclear. At most, there is a contradiction.
There were times when the story got too close to familiar fairytales. There was some “Beauty and the Beast” when Abel first gets to Kane’s estate and some “Cinderella” with the ball preparation.
I would have given this 4 stars, but the aforementioned problems drop it to a 3 for me. I will be reading the second half of this ONE book.
The book could use some editing (one place I noticed an entire word missing from a sentence) and in some places, the language/dialog seemed simplistic to me, but all-in-all, this was a good first effort by the author.
A very talented writer and an exceptional first novel, keep up the great work.
I felt lightheaded st the end from holding my breath for so long !... I don't think I took more than 4 breaths through out the whole story! Lol
Now, I have got to read part 2. Smh, I can't believe it ended like that. *Definitely a cliffhanger Alert * is needed....so there you go . 😁
Top reviews from other countries
The beginning of the story I found was the best as, despite it being dystopian/ sci fi or post - apocalyptic it had it's own unique thrill. The middle however seemed a little cliché.
Like True Blood, The Walking Dead, Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey all in one book. :)
I can't wait to read number two!