This book will leave you as confused and mystified as the protagonist.
I received a digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Ksenia Anske
Publisher: Prizm Books
Publication Date: May 20, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.
But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.
The first chapter didn’t grasp my attention instantly. But I understand this because most dystopian books need time. To ~really~ show you their world, and how everything works around it. It usually takes me 2-3 chapters before I decide if I’m enjoying it or I should put it down for a while. After 3 chapters, I’m starting to understand Seven’s world.
AND IT WAS INSANE! EVERYTHING WAS INSANE!
The story is basically about the extinction of the human race and what it takes to bring it back. It revolves around a powerful Seer named Seven who is caught between The Enhanced and The Untamed.
- Untamed – the last few people fighting to survive and stay “human”.
- Enhanced – “The Chosen Ones” who believe in pure perfection.
And she’s caught physically AND EMOTIONALLY.
Is perfection really the answer to human race?
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be perfect? A perfect face, body, lifestyle and even having perfect feelings. Especially when those perfect feeling can be consumed. IN A BOTTLE.
Just imagine! All the positive traits you’ve always worked hard for to have (Calmness, Kindness, Benevolence, Courage, Compassion, Good Will, Selflessness…THEY EVEN HAVE PROSPERITY) are only one bottle away…
But of course, everything has a price.
And Seven soon realises that picking a side isn’t as easy as she once thought it was. It’s not easy fighting for a cause when you’re not sure if you really are against the enemy.
This book has more action than I thought. With all its twists and turns (and I mean that literally). It was a rollercoaster.
One moment you’re deep in thought with Seven’s complicated feelings, the next moment, you’re trying to contain yourself from cursing Rahn, the leader of the Untamed, and his arrogant nephew, Corin.
This book also gave me conflicted feelings. Almost as conflicted as the protagonist’s.
Like, are the Enhanced really that bad? Maybe they just really want the world to be a better place. But wait! Maybe The Untamed has a point after all. WHAT? WHATTT.
I swear there was a point while reading this that I just put it down, and facepalmed myself. BECAUSE: STRESS.
And the characters are no help at all. Well, all except Three. There’s the usual asshats, the suspicious characters, and the villain that has 9 lives! But in this case, it’s understandable since he’s Enhanced. But what bothers me is how some characters who weren’t really a big part of the story suddenly became significant to the protagonist’s eye. Maybe it’s the author’s way of finally giving them their big break, but it just felt a bit rushed for me.
Just like the ending.
While the whole story was fast-paced (which I really liked by the way), the ending was a bit rushed. There’s a thin line between fast and rushed. And this felt like the latter. Like the story couldn’t wait to go over that cliffhanger that leaves us wanting to read the second part already.
Overall, the first installment to the Untamed series has a lot of surprises in store for its readers. With its twists and turns, this book will leave you as confused and mystified as Seven.