Monday, August 8, 2016
BOOK REVIEW: "Sowing" by Angie Grigaliunas
People are dead, slaughtered like animals in the night. The reigning power, the Hulcondans, blame rebels. Rabreah, a rebel, knows it’s a lie. Her younger sister, Ariliah, doesn’t; like the majority of the townspeople, she believes those in authority, swallowing their words with complete trust. Besides, she’s too busy fighting her own silent war at home. While Rabreah dedicates herself to truth and freedom, Ariliah is just trying to survive their mother’s abuse. But as unknown forces threaten to rip their world apart, the line between friend and enemy blurs. All is not as it seems. In fact, nothing may be.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
So, I am particular on what dystopian fantasy I read, because the genre has become overcrowded recently and the last thing I want to do is waste my time with copies of The Hunger Games. And despite the main characters being sisters, that is the only similarity this book has the THG or ANY of the dystopian books you've read lately.
We start out with Rabreah and her little sister Ariliah. Rabreah is a tough girl, a rebel, protecting her sister as much as she can from the abuse Ariliah has received. Rab is a great, strong female lead who has, perhaps, a few flaws. Like her insistence not to trust any man again after getting her heart broken. Rab, at times, reminded me of the person I was a few years ago, the person I now look back on and despise. She's a bit too hardheaded, too opinionated. As the book went on, I liked her sister better than I liked her.
No surprise to me, I kind of fell a little in love with Masrekah. He's a sarcastic little bastard, and I really hope to one day see a book from his POV. I know his story has got to be deep and I am eager to learn more about him.
The plot was fast moving, though there is a bit of an information dump at the beginning. You want to see these characters succeed, you find yourself quickly turning pages on your Kindle (or paperback) to see what happens next.
This is a wonderful world Angie has created, and I can't wait to see where she takes these unique characters. Despite their flaws, they are so three-dimensional, I feel as though I know them.
5/5--a wonderful start!
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