“A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey”

NO MAJOR SPOILERS

I received this as a prize from the author and Kath at “For Reading Addicts” for winning a poetry contest.

I will say I was a little mislead, at first. I given the impression that this was a horror novel, but it was definitely more of a fantasy/ sci-fy like book. That’s not to say that I didn’t like it because that is by no means the case! It made me think, a little, of a combination of The Lorax and Brave New World. I know that sounds odd, but it felt like D’Lacey was describing the destruction of a utopian society, and the possibility of fixing it at the same time. It was a nice change of pace.

This England is in no way an apocalyptic or a post apocalyptic world as most authors would normally paint for us. This seemed much more plausible, somehow. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it seemed like a logical step instead of the extremes some authors go to. You get both sides as well. The terrifying times that lead up to the Black Dawn and the relative peace (still without technology from what I can tell) many years later after society has been resettled, for lack of a better term.

The characters felt very relateable too. Maybe that paired with the idea that D’Lacey plants in the reader’s head that things could change, and the future of the Earth will only be as bad as we make it stirs up these ideas and feelings. I can’t say for sure, but it’s more… hopeful, which is a pleasant change from the doom and gloom of most stories of this type.

The writing style in the book can get a little chaotic at times, but it allows you to understand how Megan feels, constantly moving through The Weave. You catch on pretty quickly, as it’s sort of a slow transition into this chaotic state, giving you time to get used to it.

The only part I wasn’t a huge fan of was the ending, which I won’t give away; that’d be cruel. I will say, however that it felt more like a movie ending than one you’d find in a book, BUT it does set up the idea that this is part of a series very nicely. It just felt… not incomplete, per say, but just unsatisfying, I suppose would be the best way to put it. I’m definitely looking forward to the second installation, though. I want to find out what happens to Gordon and where his travels take him. I want to know what Mr. Keeper means when he says that Megan is the one they’ve been waiting for. I just hope it’s available State-side.

 

Reviewed by:

Lauren Cebello

Added 24th June 2015