THRIFT STORE WHY: The back text seemed interesting- the cover or title sure aren’t. I suppose I was expecting something a little ‘black mirror’ esque. The back text promises a ‘deep in the future people upload their brains into machines to live on forever, but must die in the real world for this to happen’.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): In a retro style future of about 2050, an FBI agent stumbles into a secret, illegal project to copy human brains into a computer. He tries to shut it down, but is murdered and put into the machine instead. There isn’t a lot to the plot beyond this, and him dying is pretty much the only plot point.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s generally engaging, but overall a let-down that leads to a befuddling ending.
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Honestly, this book always sounded really cool- I was still quite surprised to sincerely enjoy it. I don’t know, I seem to be a cynic when it comes to YA, especially the dark sub-set- writing analysis and studying it for University likely is one reason why. I even cited this book pre-reading when discussing cover and story tropes in the genre!
Yes, To Kill A Kingdom has it all in terms of what is ‘hot’: Difficult princes, dangerous leads, a spy/murdering main character, lots of royalty, a fairytale retelling, diversity, and a slight more ‘adult’ content than used to be the norm. However, none of those things- common tropes- are necessarily bad. They are just in right now. They are probably ‘in’ for a reason.
This book offers: good writing, characters, plot, romance, morality, and leads.
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I might be a little bias because I’ve met the author and he was super nice to me and welcoming when I awkwardly sat with his table at a convention. He bought me rose as part of getting the group drinks. He’s also superbly friendly on twitter!
Anyways, I mention the bias in that I am rare to give out 5 stars, and this is more of a 4.5- but a very positive experience and score overall. I just want to be nice.
I really did enjoy this book once I got into it. Yes, it took a solid 10% or 15%, but once the plot and character introductions were through, I fully enjoyed it, and am excited for the sequel. I was really worried I wouldn’t like it, either!
The downside of me enjoying this book so much in a genre I don’t really read is that this is a pretty short and to the point review. Sorry.
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(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).
I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.
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