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The action is non-stop, set over approximately a week, Lexa jumps into more tasks than any thief or would be revolutionist would go through in a year. You can’t doubt that this is a high adrenaline thrill ride.
The romantic line was well handled. I liked that there was an emotional push and pull within both the leads. That continuous sense of doubt creeping in made it believable and showed Lexa as a strong willed young woman that isn’t afraid to question her own reasoning. It’s hard to properly explain the nature of the relationship without creating spoilers, but it explores the nature of destiny and how it effects the involvement of one’s emotions toward another.
But, I have a few issues. I tend to forgive first person narratives a lot, because it’s very hard to present a well rounded view of the world when only looking through one person’s eyes. However, there is a real lack of background in Unstrung. I just kept asking ‘why?’. I don’t know why the villians are villians, I didn’t get any sense of motivation for what occurs except on a micro level between the main characters. I didn’t feel involved and so I found myself not really caring about the general world or it’s inhabitants. Which irked me, quite a bit in the end.
Another thing that made my teeth grind is my favourite sin, the deus ex machina. I can forgive once or twice, but more than that just seems a lazy way to keep getting your protagonist out of trouble. It is used so often in the book, it actually spoils the cliff hanger ending, because you already know that there isn’t any danger in it. There’ll be something/someone that pops in to save it all. It could’ve been a great little book if there had’ve been a real sense of struggle to it.
The big reveal was also horribly predictable. As soon as the androids were mentioned, it was just a wait for it to be confirmed. Granted it’s not uncommon for a reader to be way ahead of the book in a good proportion of YA dystopia novels, but I just think a little better handling would’ve made the impact a lot more forceful. My heart would’ve been a bit more caught up in the drama.
Overall though, this is still a fun read. I think it has the potential to be quite a unique series, but it really needs to start digging into the wider sense of the world to give it more depth and let Lexa shine with her skills rather than just having her constantly rescued.
If you like a good dystopian, with a strong yet flawed main character that isn’t shy is hammering some hard subjects, this indie release is worth checking out. I will be checking out the next instalment in hopes to see it flourish.
Lexa is 17 and a thief. Found wandering the streets as a child, high on drugs and with no memory of who she is, she was taken in and trained by Turpin, the man she calls boss. She is very good at getting into and out of places undetected, until the day she almost gets caught. Hired to steal something already considered confidential, they soon learn that what they ended up with is even more valuable and therefore, dangerous to their well-being. To minimize the threat, they decide they need to steal something else that combined with the information they already have, could be used as a bargaining chip. It is at this point that Lexa's life is again turned upside down. With the help of her best friend and technical whiz, Jole, and Turpin, Lexa manages to break into the necessary facility, only to find it more populated than she was led to believe. If not for the help of Quinn, she would not have gotten out nor learned a little about her past. Confused and not knowing who to trust, Lexa will have to make decisions that can decide the fate of not only her adopted family, but the genetically engineered humans she comes to learn are a lot more like her than she originally thought.
There were moments when things felt a little slow. However, when things did pick up, things moved at a pretty rapid pace. Lexa was one of the characters that you come to admire. She's tough, intelligent, honest for the most part, loyal, and courageous. You knock her down, but she gets back up. And she makes mistakes. She isn't perfect, but she owns up to those flaws and she tries to overcome them. When the people she thought were her family turns on her, but then later needs her help, she doesn't hesitate to risk her life for them. I didn't always agree with what she said or did, but I give her props for being a strong character. As secondary characters, I also liked Jole and Quinn. The childhood friend and potential love interest and the flawed best friend who eventually comes around and has her back.
There were some grammatical errors which were a little distracting, but overall, even with some of those slow areas, a very good first book. I will definitely be reading book 2. If you like YA, sci-fi / fantasy, or dystopian books, this would be right up your alley and something I would recommend you read.
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