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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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The novel's strength, as I have outlined above, is also its weakness (as mentioned in some of the other reviews), but it is largely a matter of reader preference rather than an issue inherent in the writing. It is not non-stop action. It can't be, as the author makes the effort to give the finest details about the world to allow the reader to experience the rich aspects of Otpor. This is not a novel to race through to get to each major plot point. It should be traversed slowly, allowing time to appreciate the author's beautiful use of language and description to fully immerse the reader in the world. If approached in this fashion, Resistance will not disappoint.
With so much to offer, I have to give this book two thumbs up as a great read. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the series.
I had trouble connecting with Anaiya at points, but I thought her character growth was believable and well done, and the writing is strong throughout. The ending also feels more realistic than what you’d expect from a becoming-the-enemy story. Worth a look.
Resistance is an adult science fiction/dystopian read in which the author has created a world in which there is incredible tension in the land and characters that are fighting in which to keep the peace. As much as I wanted to love this one I never really found myself getting completely engaged in the read for the most part due to the somewhat overwritten style in my opinion. Just a bit too much descriptive text that kept burying the story within and I found it hard to keep myself focused on the world and the plot within.
While I’m rating this one at 2.5 stars I’m sure that some will love what the author did with this story and the world in which it takes place. There’s a mix of dystopian and science fiction with also a touch of romance involved so for the fans of somewhat mixed genres with a slower pace it might be right up their alley I just personally kept wanting a faster pace and more action.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Anaiya, an analytical Fire Elemental and Peacekeeper, has been tasked with a highly secretive assignment of going undercover to find out which of the suspected Air Elementals are behind the Resistance murals that are popping up all over Otpor. Undergoing an unprecedented realignment procedure to become an Air Elemental, Anaiya begins to see the world in an entirely new way, paying attention to details she never previously noticed, raising doubts in her mind of what she thought she knew. In becoming accepted in this new part of society, Anaiya struggles with her identity and the details she learns of the motivations behind the rebellion makes her question what the right course of action is.
While the story followed a typical, familiar dystopian arc, which made it incredibly predictable, I found that despite the predictability I still enjoyed the narrative for its unique character and world details to flesh out the standard story. Much of the plot's action takes place a bit too quickly to be believable, especially with Anaiya's infiltration of the key group of Air Elementals and the rapidity with which the Peacekeepers expected results from the investigation. In describing the elaborately imagined reality of Otpor, there were many technical sounding terms that were used, which could bog down the pacing of the narrative, but it fit well with the analytical thinking of Anaiya's Fire Element brain and played into highlighting that aspect of her character, as well as serving to contrast it with the Air Element part of her realignment.
Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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