Author: Amalie Howard.
Published: January 7th 2014 by Strange Chemistry.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?
This book supposed to tell about a kick-ass fighter called Riven, who is actually from a parallel universe. She is in our world to find Caden, a look-a-like of someone called Cale. She is supposed to bring Caden with her, but she comes in conflict with her sister who protects the boys. And in the end, she comes to realize that things aren’t what they seem.
To keep things a little positive, I liked the animated corpses who are controlled by nanobots. It was an interesting concept and the science aspect of this book wasn’t too bad. It’s a shame that the world-building isn’t more detailed and explained. That could have saved a part of this book, but it’s just as lame as the plot. There were supposed to be twists, but I saw them coming from miles. Our MC is clueless and blind, which made me even more annoyed by her.
For someone who says she is emotionless, because her father created her to be a strong, smart soldier, she sure feels a lot. She is afraid when they are hunted down, she feels hate for her family, she is attracted to Caden, should I go on? As far as I know, all these things are emotions. When it comes to the strong part, this girl fainted more in this book than I in my whole life (which is never, if you are interested) Not to mention that she falls short on the intelligent part, because damn, this girl makes some stupid decisions. Luckily for her, things come very easily.
“With a deep breath, I raise the staff I took off Vector Shae and prepare to do battle. But then the unexpected happens. Every single one of the Vectors stops in their tracks, their arms and weapons falling to their sides, eyes going blank and dull.”What also bothered me was Caden. Riven is a drilled fighting machine, but he is equally strong and fast, because he trained with her sister. I’m sorry, but is there something wrong with a stronger MC? Does they really have to share credits when it comes to their fighting skills? It was highly unbelievable to me and it showed again that girls apparently need to be out-shined by boys. His character falls flat and he has no development whatsoever. He also says that his girlfriend is a bitch and the only reason he was together with her was ‘because it was easy.’ Not to mention that he cheats on her with Riven.
Which brings me to the sappy romance. Riven turns into a love-sick girl when he is around. In just a couple of days, they are making out and she is trying to ignore her feelings. She even cries a couple of times, to add to her emotionless state. They have zero chemistry and it didn’t add anything to the boring plot.
Uhhh. Nope. Don’t go wasting your time on this failed dystopian, unless you are a fan of boring, stupid characters, lousy world-buildings and chemistry-less romance.