Review-The White Oak by Kim White
Publisher: Story Machine Studio
Expected Release: April 9,2012
Series: Imperfect Darkness #1
Author: Kim White
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In The White Oak, the first book in the Imperfect Darkness series, Cora Alexander falls through a sinkhole and enters the underworld still alive. Her living presence threatens the tyrannical rule of Minos and the infernal judges who have hijacked the afterlife and rebuilt it, trapping human souls in a mechanical, computer-controlled city that lies at the core of the earth. To survive, Cora must rely on her untrustworthy guide, Minotaur, an artificial intelligence built by Minos. She is helped by a mysterious voice, and by Sybil, underworld librarian and author of each person’s book of life. Sybil’s collection holds the key to humankind’s intertwined life stories. When Cora’s own book is destroyed, Sybil gives her a magical golden pen and sends her to the underworld city to write her own destiny. Along the way, Cora finds the ghost of her dead brother, Lucas, a genius programmer who alone is capable of finding the chink in Minos's armor. But will he be able to get Cora out alive, or will they both fall victim to the underworld trap?
|*First Off let's get the technicalities out of the way. I was given this book to review through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way to provide them.|
Cora our heroine is getting ready to bury her recently deceased father at the beginning of the book. Her twin brother Lucas decides they should bury him under a massive oak situated on the property. Suddenly the Earth gives way and Lucas and Cora are plunged into a massive sinkhole. Cora manages to find her way out and somehow finds herself in the underworld but the kicker is she is still Alive! Cora realizes quickly that the least of her worries is being the only thing alive in an undead land.
Okay so, I'm warning you now this isn't the most professional description but is exactly what came to mind when I was trying to think of a way to describe this book. If The Matrix, and The Book Alice and Wonderland had a baby, then that baby was raised in Ancient Greece and had the ability to write a book this is what would come out. While the story certainly wasn't unique it was entertaining to read. Above all it was Fun! I really liked the lead character Cora. She was strong, brave and best of all smart. I also really enjoyed that though she was smart she was still in essence a teenage girl so that meant she did mess up, yet was smart enough to realize it after the fact. I highly enjoyed how the author blended this technical world into a land of myth. I wouldn't think it would work but oddly it does. My only issue with this book was how abruptly it ended. I knew it would be a cliffhanger since it's the first in a series but it ends so sudden that it felt highly unsatisfying. Maybe this will be changed in the final version, but in my review copy I didn't like it. I need some sort of closure to a book cliffhanger or not and this had none.
Overall would I recommend this book? Yes. I think it is perfect for Middle Grade and up. It was easy to follow for younger readers but certainly complex enough to satisfy older readers as well. I certainly will be looking forward to reading the others in the series. In the end I will be giving this Book 4 ★★★★.
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