Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult
Publication Date: January 15, 2017
Book Perspective: Alternating third-person
Themes: Young Love, Destiny, Protection, Relationships
Vowed to protect humans, the Zevians work together to fulfill their duties. Teenage Zevian, Tristan, has always been curious about Earth, and for as long as he can remember, he has wanted to visit the foreign planet.
When the opportunity comes for Tristan and his father, Hector, to go to Earth, Tristan begins school for the first time. His innocent excitement of Earth is thrown off when he meets Ember. The two cannot resist their attraction toward each other, but Zevians are forbidden to love humans. What with upcoming war, what is a seventeen-year-old boy to do?
Oh, this book. I had such high hopes for this one, especially looking at all the positive reviews. Unfortunately, it ended up being a novel that fell short.
When looking at the characters, it’s easy to say that they were fairly likable. However, most were one-dimensional and didn’t really deter from the personality given to them from the beginning.
The plot was easy to follow and had some fun moments. For instance, the Muddock games, at the end of the novel, could be exciting for young adult readers to read. It’s a series of games that shows off the young adults’ fighting abilities, both individually and as teams.
However, the plot also dragged out longer than it should have. For example, in the beginning, Tristan and Ember kept repeating this cycle – “I want to be with you; me too; I can’t be with you; fine, I don’t want to be with you either; but, I want to be with you; me too”. It was so frustrating to read several chapters where the main focus was this back-and-forth. Honestly, the book could probably be 100-150 less pages and it would tell the same story.
Then, there were some plot holes throughout. For instance, Tristan and his father were stationed to be on Earth for a year. However, the author never really explored how they were protecting the humans. If there was a war, then yes, the Zevians would protect the humans, but there wasn’t a war happening for most of the book. It would have been good to see what Hector was doing while Tristan was at school. Also, the role of the Elders on Zeva were never actually explored, too.
*SPOILER ALERT* One of the problematic aspects of the book is teaching young girls the wrong message when it comes to relationships. “Fighting” for a guy who you met two days ago and who shows no interest in you is probably not the right message to share. If a guy isn’t interested, then let him go and move on. The author also tries to place the blame on Ember, as she continually questions Tristan what she did wrong. Lastly, when Tristan and Ember decided to try being friends, he pushed her to date someone that she didn’t like, just so they can be friends. These messages really left a stale taste in my mouth.
On top of all of this, there several errors throughout the text. Due to this, I worry about young adult readers reading this book as it would be a poor example of how good writers should write.
Overall, the premise and the Muddock games were interesting, but between the plot holes, plot development, character development, the wrong message to girls, and the amount of errors, this was not a very pleasant book to read.
Though there are others who have enjoyed this, I personally would not recommend this read to anyone until major editing occurs.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
31 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!