Friday, June 1, 2012

Ashes by Estevan Vega [Review]

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Ashes By Estevan Vega
Series: Arson, #2
Genre: SciFi Thriller Young Adult
Release: September 24, 2011
Hardcover: 396 Pages
Publisher: Stone Ink Publishing
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
More than three months have passed since Arson and Emery were taken. Taken and then separated.

And experimented on.

Salvation Asylum is more like a prison than a psychiatric facility. Unknowingly, Arson has become a vital instrument in a campaign set to genetically alter mankind. Enraged, confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, he wonders if he will ever see Emery again. His new existence is one crawling with questions. Is Grandma alive? Where does the fire come from? Can he become more than a monster?

In Ashes, book two of the ARSON series, nightmare and reality collide as Arson must embrace what he is and the haunting realization that there may be others out there, others like him


Shannon's Thoughts:
Ashes by Estevan Vega was a hard sell for me.  I read the first book, Arson, and found it to be okay.  It lagged a bit and I found the characters' actions to be confusing.  I had hoped that Ashes would up the ante.  And it did.  In fact, it went all in.  Ashes develops the story of Arson and Emery into a sci-fi psychological thriller.  And there are some truly crazy moments.  It would have been interesting except for a few problems that took away from my enjoyment of the story.

The first problem I had was the ever changing Point Of View.  It switches from Arson to Emery to Emery's parents to the scientists experimenting on the kids.  Constantly.  I found it to be really distracting.  Just when I was starting to get into a storyline, it would change on me!

This leads me to the second problem, which is the characters.  I had a hard time connecting with them, especially the adults. Emery's mom, for example, is hard to swallow.  The only thing she does is pick fights with everyone.  A lot of the characters also spoke in such a manner than no normal person would speak.  For example, what 16 year old runs around screaming that they are a menace?  A menace?  Really? On top of that, there are long passages of excessive exposition that sometimes brings the plot to a grinding halt.

I wish I could say I enjoyed this book more.  I felt the story had potential, but I couldn't get past the issues I mentioned above.

1 comment :

  1. I've never heard of this series, but I think that book could win for all time creepiest book cover. Ever.

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