My rating: 2.5+ of 5 stars
Actual rating: 2.5 and some change
This was like reading a chess game where the world is ending when checkmate sinks your battleship.
Bullshit. What a load of motherfucking bullshit.” Mike leaned his seat back and put his boots on the dashboard. “You assholes had a choice. A choice to not do any of this. But just like every other group of self-entitled pricks, you want to rule the world. Only it came back and bit you in the ass, and now it’s up to us to try to save a part of it. You know what I could
have been doing today? Eating some terrible Chinese food and crying in a bowl of ramen over the Iron Giant movie.”
Mike is a man familiar with death. Everyone he knows, everyone he has loved has died. So now he flirts heavily with adrenaline and near death just to get glimpses of them again. Unfortunately a person like him is a valuable pawn for the monsters who would end the world.
“The Unification believes that
God is dead. They are power hungry, greedy, and very wrong. Oh, so, so wrong.”
How far would you go to search for God? What if you found that God spread himself in each living creature? What if you had to do something horrific to wake up those sparks of divine? What if you were just a selfish, sanctimonious prick utilizing an excuse to grasp power and live the life you want?
Vryce’s is a shady character bent on manipulating a bunch of inner secret society snobs and a couple hundred power hungry minions to get back what he willingly sold eons ago. And he is willing to hide is machinations behind plots within plots and more than a few speeches that make you feel like a kid in church getting a bible thrown at them for chewing gum during a hell-fire sermon.
“Well, so Mr. Bad Guy has an army of vampires and wants to rule the world. How is that any different from Mr. Good Guy Lazarus? All I see is a bunch of vampires and a conspiracy to rule the world.”
The Unification is a group of age old secret societies run by monsters. Monster who are tired of hiding in the dark. They seek to reawaken a dead profit that they themselves imprisoned many lifetimes previous. And they use people they cannot trust who have too much power to do it.
“You have the deathsight. It happens
every now and then. Someone brushes with death enough times, they start to see into purgatory and it looks back at you. You’re one of them. I want you to come work for me. Do some real good in the world rather than waste away and rot with the rest.”
The end of days is coming. That much is divined by both sides. And in the middle is Mike, a human with a death wish, an overly developed verbosity, and a need for a cause. All in all it just does not look like a bright future for the human race…or the reader.
This one was a struggle to read. The concept was a good twist in the ole heaven and hell comes to earth dystopia, but the back and forth with all the schemea really began to drag. It flashed back and forth between characters so much that I did not care about any of them. The author painted a world that quite frankly I did not have an opinion about being saved. There was just this blah emotion about the whole thing.
“Reason and silence had to become our tools.”
He said a mouthful there. Empahsis on REASON, if it pleases. As in the reason a person should keep reading. I give the author credit here–I wanted to see how this mashup of chess and battlship ended. And while the world was shallow in its development, I did hope for more explaination. Unfortunately we do not see much of this mysterious Unification who is calling shots. Motivations were slimey at best. Character interactions were entertaining or machivillian. It was all-in-all enough to make me keep going.
However, there was no resolution to any questions and there was a distinct lack of time and organization in the plot. I may pick up the next book to see what happens (view spoiler), but I will want to see a huge cleanup in the how the plot is presented to continue as this particular mashup seemed bent on distracting and losing the reader.
This ARC was given by Netgalley for an honest review.