Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 1st 2016
M & S Publishing, LLC
In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Governor who is both feared and worshipped, Willow is a seventeen-year-old girl who is just trying to get through her last year of studies. But when her father dies, she experiences strange dreams that change everything about how she looks at the world and at herself.
Haunted by the tragedy, Willow begins pushing herself beyond anything she could have imagined she was capable of. It’s only when she catches the attention of some of the Governor’s minions that her world is turned upside-down.
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My Musings :
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my view of things.
When I first came across this book, the cover totally made me not want to pick it up. It is similar to another book which I won't mention here which wasn't that good a read. The blurb was what made me try to read this book that too reluctantly. So the book had me almost hating it at the start. So did that opinion change? Oh yes, definitely!!
I am truly thankful that I took a chance. The starting was a bit askew. It took a few chapters to get into the flow of the story. The duality of worlds was very interesting and it hooked me completely especially with the way Willow was made out in those scenes. The presence of a world we are familiar with and then another which had totally different geography and races drew me in slowly but steadily.
The world building was unique and it was a blend of dystopia and fantasy. I believe that was my favourite part of the book. It's not usual that fantasy elements are introduced into a dystopian/apocalyptic tale. And it has more of a feel of the events happening after apocalypse so it was appropriately named too.
As I said it was a bit out of shape at the beginning. But it straightened out pretty fast and I enjoyed following the transition of Willow from a normal student to a survival specialist. The only things which didn't gel were the disappearance of the various students and the unnecessary deaths. Few of the deaths were literally forced into the story. They don't blend in at all. And another thing which had me confused was the easy way Willow was able to get situated in the Forbidden land. Inspite of having a prophecy on her side, it was too easy and I hope the sequel will have a more detailed explanation.
The ending wasn't a cliffhanger though it has me eager for the next book. I can't wait to see how Willow and her people will overcome the Northerners. Overall, the read was a great enjoyable one with ample fighting and adventures. I can recommend this to fantasy and dystopian lovers equally.
My rating : 4/5
Meet the Author :
Michael A. Rothman – Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.
In a nutshell:
First-born American in my family
Accepts no excuses
Despises self-importance in himself and others
Loves Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers
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