DNF - 27 Hours (ARC) - The Butterfly Reader

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DNF - 27 Hours (ARC)

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

Book Breakdown 

DNF - 43% 

Even though I don't agree with pretty much everything the author says - I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley - I told myself that I was going to do my damn best to separate the art from the artist and read this book as I would any other book. I was doing alright, the beginning was actually really good, it started right into the action, no punches held back at all and I enjoyed Rumor, he's pretty damn badass. 

Then we kept switching POVs and Nyx (LOVE the name!) was kind of mean, I get it, she's lived a hard life but when she flipped off the guy just for trying to make sure she understood what he was saying... that's not cool. That made me dislike her, not to mention how when her best friend/crush was going through some hard stuff all Nyx wanted to do was make out with her. Didn't like her character at all.

There are other characters but I've got my point across with just naming these two. Now, while reading this book, I can tell you the color of every single characters' skin, if they have a disability, and their sexuality. I can also tell you that Rumor's parents are dead. That's it. 43% into the book and that's it. 

How is that character development? I mean, we are way more than our skin color, our disability (if we have one), and what our sexuality is. I don't want to be known to people as the "white Apache bi-sexual girl with the really severe nerve damage". I am more than that, I love to read, I am a mother, I was a straight A student, I was class president in 8th grade. I love to write. I am overly nice to people, even when they are mean to me because I just can't help myself. I am scared of spiders. I am shy till you get to know me and then I never shut up. 

These are the things that would've helped me connect to the characters, that would have made me feel invested in them and want to know more. I don't connect to a character because of their skin color or what they are sexually attracted to. 

Honestly, it felt like to me that the author was just trying to add things to check off a diverse list. Which I hate. I want diversity, I want to learn more about other cultures and the people that live in them. I want to read about all kinds of different characters. I want true diversity, like what we have in the real world. The kind of diversity I see every single day when I go to work. 

So while some will praise the diverse characters in this story, I think it falls short, they are nothing more than what label the author gave them. They don't feel real, they just felt like a checklist. Guess that's what you get when you read a book by an SJW author. 

I don't recommend this, not only because I think the book was lackluster but because the author isn't the nicest person around and doesn't like anyone who disagrees with her. There are much better books out there if you are seeking more diversity. Books that don't feel fake and are just trying to get browny points from their fanbase. 

As I always do with books I DNF, I will not rate it as I only rate books I read in full. Though I'm sure you can tell from my review what I would rate this book if did. 


  1. Yikes! Sorry you didn't like this one. I was thinking about requesting this for Netgalley, but I'm glad I decided not to. I hate it when books just seem to have a diversity checklist. I struggle with finding books that are diverse that actually seem genuine.

    1. Yes! That is what bothers me about this push for diversity, some authors just do a checklist instead of giving us real and true, wonderful diversity. I hope very soon we reach a point where we do get genuine diversity. That will be wonderful!

  2. There`s a bit of hype surrounding this one, so your review was very refreshing and I can see where you`re coming from. I want diversity as well, but not just for the sake of it. And it`s a bit silly to have just one characteristic define who you are.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

    1. Yes, that's where I'm coming from 100%, diversity, just to say you have it, it's not true diversity, that leans more into tokenism if you ask me and that I think is worse in the long run.

      Yes! Humans are far more complex than just having one characteristic.

  3. Great review..... yep we are all so much more than our labels. I bet you there's another genderfluid pansexual part French, Scottish, and Native American person with an anxiety disorder out there, just like me.....but besides those things, we are probably entirely different people. What do we like, what are our values? Our pasts, our hopes and dreams? I am more than a list of labels, I am more than the sum of "oppression points", I'm more than an item on a checklist. I think it's really ironic that these people are placing such weight on labels labels labels.... doing this can dehumanize us and cause the prejudice that we see so often in the world. Honestly I'd rather read 100 books with well developed cishet white able-bodied characters, than even 1 book with flat, checklist-diversity characters. I mean I think that diversity doesn't always have to be related to struggles or coming out or whatever, characters can just be casually LGBTQ or non-white. But come on, at least give them some development.

    I've also seen some....questionable....tweets sent out by the author and her followers. It really scares me this mentality that everyone has to read with real-life values in mind....I don't think I could ever read a book by an author with this mentality.

    Anyways sorry for the little rant there. :P But yeah, great review, I have a lot of similar thoughts on the issues you're discussing here. I'll be staying away from this book

  4. Your rant was fully justified and as I pretty much always do, I agree with you!

    Yeah I don't want to read books through a real life pair of glasses. I just read for fun, to escape the real world, so I really hate that they are pushing that and think it's a must for reading. It's scares me too.

  5. I have to agree that I felt the characters were lacking. That was the same issue I had. I also felt like the diversity seemed to be just kind of... there, but not really explored, but I didn't feel qualified to say that since I'm white, het, etc. Maybe some people who have the same sexuality or skin color or disability who never see themselves in books might still appreciate it? But I do think it was shallow rep, and sometimes shallow rep does more harm than good, regardless of intention.