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.