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1. Relentless, effective chapter by chapter trading between two main characters, Gray and Jace. They each take turns, one after the other. This book settles in this rhythm. You see how they will approach each other, how their very different lives and goals will collide. The only thing they have in common is that they're both shifters. But Gray is "free," while Jace is still part of the "establishment." It's like The Fugitive.
2. I loved Gray as a character. So hard to put down on paper, but the author nailed it. He was humble, thoughtful, determined, and easy-going. The fact he can't help but use his powers to save people along the way speaks volumes.
3. The shape shifting abilities are so much more interesting. Rather than just look like someone else, they can acquire the target's personality and memories. These memories are far more important than just acquiring the appearance, since the shifter knows how to escape, and has inside knowledge of the target's circumstances. This valuable intelligence enables the shifter to figure out the escape. For example, if you could fool your friends and family in letting you escape, or you know where the keys to the getaway car is, wouldn't that be so crucial in being on the run? I was thinking, over a lifetime, how many people's databases would be stored in just one shifter! Hundreds? Nonetheless, fascinating. Another special power was also the ability to acquire credit cards, keys, and uniforms, which again help with not only the getaways, but also living on nothing but stolen credit cards and cash.
4. There is excellent world-building. The dystopian headquarters of the shape shifters is grim, yet very different from anything I've read. Then, the nebulous network among shifters on the run, nation-wide.
This is so darn close to five stars, for me. But I was really, really, hoping that the ending would tie up all loose ends. Instead, it was another book that requires a sequel to continue the story. While I do enjoy series, one of my rules is that each adventure or theme within a book in a series must start and end in that book, not resume with the same theme in the next book in the series. In other words, no pause in the adventure at the end of the book.
A few other comments, which aren't important but I'll put them in here. In this book, mention was made of a weapon against a shifter, called a spotter, which effectively stops them in their tracks. Yet, despite the overarching and grim interest in capturing Gray, a spotter was never used against him. Perhaps it would have been better for this weapon not to exist at all in this book.
Secondly, I think given the excellent story, a better cover could have served the sci-fi feel of the story. I'm a sucker for classic sci-fi covers.
This story reminds me a bit of Logan's Run.
A kick-ass, 16 year old female shapeshifter, and her highly trained shapeshifter companions are the U.S. Army’s Special Ops most terrifying and lethal secret weapons.
This superbly crafted, extremely dark and disturbing action packed thriller was quietly listed under the YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy category but in my opinion this imaginative fast paced story will appeal to a much wider audience than that.
Some important clues have already been revealed to the public in the previous reviews, but none of the clues disturb me more than the following statement. “Pursuant to Executive Order 125800, you are hereby confiscated by the United States Government. Your United States Citizenship and all legal rights under United States law are hereby and forever annulled.”
Well done, Mr. K.D. Van Brunt. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your excellent novel, and it deserves five stars.
I also think Win the Rings (The Cracked Chronicles ) would make a great action movie or TV series and I look forward to reading book two.
Amazon verified purchase. Reviewed by Daniel Sinclair Pearson
In fact that’s an ongoing problem for Grey, when people need help he can’t ignore it, even though it means he’s risking discovery. He’s not perfect though – he also risks discovery doing silly things – like trying to impress a girl he likes. Grey is an extremely likeable believable character. Jace is not as likeable, at least not at first, but that makes sense, considering her background.
No romance, at least not between the two main characters, but Jace is intrigued by Grey throughout - it looks to me like we might see things heat up in the next book.
The closer the characters grow to one another, the more alike they realize they are, and finally discover who the real enemy is.
A great novel for lovers of dystopian and action teen novels.
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