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The writing is decent. It didn't blow me away, but I wasn't cringing at every sentence either. Although there was some cringing over some of the cliches/stereotypes this book contains, especially about tattooed/pierced people all being "weird." Davidson's writing style is very concise. The descriptions are good, but they are never flowery. I can easily imagine the scenes that are being painted but at times the bare bones style was very distracting and pulled me out of the novel. One thing I really enjoyed was that the scenes in which the reader is pulled into Grant's memories are seamlessly done, without being distracting or pulling me out of the story.
Grant is an interesting narrator. There are too few male narrators in the land of YA books and I wish that weren't so. Grant is snarky and very much a typical guy, at least compared to the guy's I know. He doesn't do "feelings" talk, he eats more food than a body could possibly hold when he's not even hungry and he cringes at the idea of clothes shopping. He's also really pissed off about being dead and it shows. While I liked Grant, I just couldn't love him, and that had a lot to do with his stubbornness. He spends too much time moping over Tate and comparing everyone to his dad (major daddy issues this one). I just expected more from him.
One thing I think could be improved is the world building. I didn't think there was enough focus on the Satellites and their training, or on the history of the program. There just wasn't enough back story to get my invested in the importance of this program which made me not care about whether Grant succeeded in it or not. Since this is the start of the trilogy I can hope there will be more information in the following books, but this first one definitely could have used more. I also felt like Davidson was just trying to accomplish too much in this book. There are tons of little plot points and none of them are fully developed enough. All of the conflicts were rushed through without any real explanation and I just couldn't keep up with what was going on.
What really made this book work for me and kept me reading is the characters. I LOVED LOVE LOVED Willow, and I loved the way her and Grant interacted together. The other side characters are really great as well. I fell a bit in love with Tate and her brother's myself through Grant's memories.
This book had the potential to be really great, but there was just too much going on and not enough development to make it work. However I am definitely invested enough in wanting to know how it all works out that I will be reading the sequels.
I received my copy of Satellite free from the publisher via Goodreads First Reads program.
I love Lee Davidson's writing style. He has the right mix of humour and mystery.
I really enjoy the way he introduced each character and slowly revealed their back story.
The story is well written without trying too hard.
The story revolves around Grant, a young man who lost his life too early. He seemed to have it all, being engaged to the love of his life Tate, ready to plan a future. Unfortunately, he would never enjoy this life as lymphoma took his life before he really started living it.
Upon death, Grant finds himself in this "afterlife" where he has been chosen to be a Guardian Angel or Satellite. He will watch over "tragedies" and try to keep them on their destined path. They are shown how to do this by their partners, the Legacies.
I love the concept of the Satellites and was intrigued with the struggle Davidson reveals as they transition from being alive to the afterlife. Each Satellite ends up in peak physical condition which is a different age for everyone. In Grant's case, he is a couple years younger, before the cancer. The reader witnesses the Satellites and Legacies grapple with losing their memories and learning to adapt to their new lives.
This is not a flat read, it has many layers to keep the reader interested. I could not put it down and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
If you like the idea that we all walk a path we are destined for and that their is an afterlife, this is a great read for you.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own