Series: Legends of the Duskwalker #1
Published by Angry Robot on July 30, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Romance
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The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.
But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.
This was one of those books that I wanted to like much more than I actually did. Don’t get me wrong, this was an okay book, but, well… it was confusing. Very confusing. Like most Dystopian/postapocalyptic novels Three is set in the future after something has happened to destroy the world as we know it. Unlike those books, though, we don’t know what happened, even if we are made to feel like we should. There is a distinct lack of world building and so we are thrown into the deep end with no clue about the strange technology or the way things work in this world.
And let’s talk about the tech for a minute. These people are, apparently, connected to some strange version of the Internet, complete with the ability to ping a satellite and find out where they are just by thinking about it (even if we only see this happen twice at the start). They can send messages back and forth through their brains. And, apparently, it’s something huge when someone isn’t “connected” though when this comes up? The term connected had never been used! I felt like I was playing a game of catch up through this entire novel, and I didn’t like that at all.
If the lack of world building and the sheer inability to understand things doesn’t bother you, then maybe the whip-lash might. The point of view shifts so often in this book I gave up on trying to keep track. Sometimes it was a change after only a paragraph or so, other times we would stick with a character for a long time. The prologue seemed unessential with the character only showing up a few more times in the novel (and not really needed at that!).
So what saved this book for me? Three and Wren. Three is a bad-ass who steps up to save the day when he decides to rescue Wren and Cass from the bad people following them. And Wren is the most kick-ass little boy. He doesn’t want to hurt people, but when it comes to the people he cares about he steps up and makes a difference.
This is author Jay Posey’s first novel, so I think he’s still got a lot to learn. He’s got an understanding of pacing, and can write some pretty fun fight scenes. I doubt I will read the next book in this series, unfortunately.