by M. Kircher
Series: The Horizons Trilogy #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services Release date : July 28th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.
Thea is bitter and alone; a perfect embodiment of the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save the life of an injured girl, and despite her misgivings, Thea decides to rescue sixteen-year old Viviana. She soon learns that gentle Viv has a life-threatening infection, as well as a freakish patch of glowing skin over her heart. When this light spreads to Thea, she is forced to trust Caden, an arrogant, lazy, and annoyingly handsome boy she despises. Caden has a map to the last city on Earth, and the only place that might have a cure for both Viv’s infection and the strange light on Thea’s hands. As the trio embark on a journey through the barren wilderness, Thea and Caden try to fight their mounting attraction and discover that the light is not a curse, but a powerful gift meant to heal the polluted Earth and reconnect the remnants of humanity. What they don't know is that deadly shadows watch them, waiting for the chance to make sure that humans stay in the darkness forever.
Don't miss THE WAR INSIDE, an exciting young adult dystopian/fantasy novel by debut author M. Kircher
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
To be quite honest, I didn’t really have much availability to take on another book for review, but after reading the synopsis, I decided to go ahead a give it a go. Who can resist a dystopian amiright?! While I wasn’t blow away by The War Inside, I did enjoy it.
What I enjoyed most about this story wasn’t the focus on how or why the world is the way it is now. Sure, we get our back story and world building but I didn’t think this was the focus. Which was the point. It was about what one girl and a few others can/will do to change the world that they live in. The way to repair all the damage that had been done, is in their hands. Literally. I loved the ideas behind that. It had paranormal elements too, which was a plus.
The world M. Kircher creates is a pretty drab and lonely place. Where is sun doesn’t shine, the water is toxic and darkness is lurking in every corner. In every story, there is a moral yes? And I loved what she is trying to portray in the book. That goodness, true and pure goodness, can heal. It’s a beautiful thought.
I really liked Thea, although honestly, she wasn’t easy to like at first. She is tough, mean and wholly independent and you can’t help but admire that. It’s a dog eat dog world, where no one has your back and anyone–EVERYONE, would stab you in the back to save their own skin. Even your family. So, yeah. She’s tough. She grew tremendously though throughout the book. She goes from not caring about anyone but herself, to Viv and the other secondary characters. Once that good in her starts to shine, she shines brighter. (Pun intended ;))
My Peeve- There was a prophecy. I don’t know why this bothered me in this book, but it did. I just felt like it didn’t fit, even though it does play a significant part in the story and it’s development. Weird, right? I also thought the pacing was pretty slow and I was having to take breaks because I was skimming.
Overall- I liked it. It’s a very different, interesting world that M. Kircher created. I really enjoyed joining the characters on their journey. I recommend for all dystopian fans.