Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey

Author: Saruuh Kelsey
Series: The Lux Guardians #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Expected Publication: July 30, 2013

 

 Good and goodness will prevail.

Honour and Horatia Frie are twins living in a world of wreck and ruin.

Forgotten London is a dismal place of containment, rationing, and a four-family-per-house regulation. Twenty five years ago the world was set ablaze when solar flares obliterated three quarters of the Earth’s population and wiped out whole continents in one blow. The flares brought with them The Sixteen Strains: agonizing and fatal diseases that plague each of the forty one zones of Forgotten London and the rest of the world. The only places that escaped fatal damage were two countries now known as The Cities – States and Bharat. The rest of the world – The Forgotten Lands – is contained within borders for the people’s protection against even deadlier Strains outside the barrier. But fifteen year old Honour thinks differently. He thinks that they’re kept inside the fence for other, more menacing reasons. He thinks that States are planning to kill them.

Branwell and Bennet Ravel are twins living in a world of danger and secrecy.

In Victorian London, years before the solar flares hit, the Ravels’ world has just been turned upside down. Their father, poisoned by something even genius Branwell can’t determine, has passed away. His dying words were unnerving orders to keep each other safe no matter the cost, and to hide everything he has ever invented. When one of his creations goes missing – a device named The Lux that can generate unlimited energy – the twins are shocked to discover that their very own government has stolen it and, according to their father’s journals, are planning to use it to create unfathomable explosions to destroy their world.

The Ravel twins will have to find and reclaim The Lux if they are to stop their world’s planned destruction, but when they’re transported to an unfamiliar, derelict world, the search for the device will become harder than ever. Honour and Horatia, against all odds, will have to find a way to stop States before the remainder of Earth is eradicated and their world is lost for good, or somehow get every single citizen of Forgotten London outside of the fence.


Review

The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey is a book that I was really excited to start. The premise really had me sucked in and I was really hoping to see something new with the Dystopian genre. Well let me tell you it was good and I did love the combination of fantasy and science fiction. However, even though I just finished the book last night I can't really recall much about it and here's why:

The characters- I had a very hard time discerning who was speaking. The voices of each character read the same and I found myself having to skim backwards to see who was last in the scene. I did like Honour and Horatia but they felt more like the same character given a different name then two separate entities. Also, the vagueness on whether characters were male or female really bugged me as it brings me back to the original point of never being able to tell whose speaking.

The World Building- I love world building. I usually am the first to complain about not having enough. The Forgotten however had the opposite problem. Way too much world building for one book. I felt that I was reading two separate books that had been combined into one story and rushed to publication instead of one cohesive story that was intentionally written that way.

The Length- The Forgotten was quite a long book which normally I don't mind but due to the story having so much world building and the characters not really having any distinct identities it made this book hard to power through. I truly believe this story could've been broken up into prequel and main story and worked just fine but together it just felt dragged down by dialogue.

Now I did like some aspects of the story. I really loved going back in time and learning about the Lux and London before the solar storms and the Sixteen strains collapsed society. I also loved being in Forgotten London. The world was bleak and grim and really felt fresh to me which was what I was craving. The Forgotten isn't a straight up Dystopian it combines many other elements such as Fantasy, Science Fiction and even Steampunk to create its world. I really liked that and ultimately the uniqueness of the world is what will have me coming back for the next installment.

Overall, while I did have plenty of issues with The Forgotten and I still have plenty of hope for this series and can't wait to see where the story heads in the next book. With that being said I'll be giving The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey ★★★.


Author Bio & Follow Links 
 
Saruuh Kelsey is a young author living in The Middle of Nowhere, England with an addiction to semantics, literature, and Doctor Who. Saruuh writes dystopian and fantasy novels for young adults and runs far too many blogs.

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