- File Size: 559 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publication Date: February 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I9GXV4Y
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Red, or Rita, is just beginning to catch on fire. Not in the way that Katniss does, but in the real sense of the word - Rita makes flames part of explosive life.
The idea of the mutant abilities was interesting, and quite unique from other novels I have read. Taking the blood of someone unique, and then finding the genetic basis of it - right up my alley. I'm not surprised it only worked on children. Did I mention that's the field of my PhD?
Each of the main characters has those special powers, and it's not immediately obvious which they have. Rita manifests first, and refuses to talk about it. She's a 'raging black woman', which felt like it fell into a stereotype rather than Rita having her own personality.
Jason seems like a danger - I don't know why they didn't just kill him. I mean, it's a bit inhumane, but when you get someone who can break everything in one fell go from within a cell, it's just sensible!
I struggled to work out what role Thomas played. Only his memories are useful to the teenagers, and I think they could have survived without that. He seemed to be aimed at providing a 'normal' perspective, and still he was the one who was hurt the most often, just for being himself.
I don't think that the blurb on the novel does justice. I didn't jump into it because I couldn't understand what the endless summer would be. I thought maybe I would see the same scene playing out over and over - but instead I got some powerful action scenes with tangible emotions.
Did I mention that the cover is pretty awesome? It's very simple, but if you actually just look at it, it gives a strong hint for what is to happen. A match burning the wrong way...
What put me off this novel, and what might have changed since I read this early ARC, is some of the prose. The writing didn't feel 'tight' to me, in the way that some novels are. The dialogue could have gone with a little more finess, because it often felt like the words were superfluous. Something else that bothered me were the changes in tempo.
I'm willing to cut this novel some slack, since when the author supplied it to me, she explained that this copy hadn't been edited. I'm interested to see whether the next novel has evolved - and I think I'd consider reading it just to see what happens with the mutant powers. Are more of them going to appear? Are their children going to be 'monsters'?
Rita, the main character, has a special ability, fire control. Other characters have abilities of their own as well, bringing some really interesting powers and abilities into the mix. The characters are brought to each other easily, then you get a lot of nice twists and turns. Sometimes you want to cheer them on and sometimes you want to smack the bejesus out of them, which is why I said before that the teenagers are believable.
Ms. Houston holds your interest, making you wonder who to trust. It has a creative edge. If you enjoy suspense, paranormal and plot twists, you will enjoy this book. Even though it wasn’t necessarily something I would usually read, Ms. Houston is definitely onto something here. She is obviously a creative author and I hope to see more work from her. The one complaint I would have is that it’s a bit confusing jumping back and forth between times, so it took me a bit longer to read. But, overall, I enjoyed it.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Overall this was well written, and it is obvious the author took time to review and edit the writing. The story flowed nicely, was full of action, with surprises and twists, and the characters were very well fleshed out. I can't get too detailed without giving too much away, but I HIGHLY recommend it.