Format: Kindle ebook via NetGalley
Read: June 9, 2013
A dystopian-esque novel set in a futuristic South America where cultures have melded together and the blame of wars past is given to the men of the world. Therefore to prevent any further disasters, a queen is elected by a “king” who is elected solely to be murdered right after he chooses the next reigning queen. This seemingly barbaric act is to ensure that the king, in the last minutes of life, will choose in an unhindered way with death quickly approaching.
And honestly? I didn’t particularly like it. It took most of the novel for me to pinpoint exactly what I disliked about this book and I finally pinpointed it: the world building. I think this whole novel would have been so much better if the author had taken more time with the world building of the novel. I was confused most of the time with the politics that fueled this world, but decided that was probably not the important bits of the book and mostly ignored the fact I didn’t follow. It was an unfortunate discovery that the politics were the core of the book where I thought the odd chemistry of Enki and June was the crux of it all.
From then on out I was vastly lost trying to get a grasp on the politics that now seemed to dictate what the characters did and said. It was a bit like the book switched languages on me and I couldn’t keep up. Mix in the oddly used homosexual relationships (I am unsure whether they were used misleadingly as shock value or some weak attempt at romance, both of which failed miserably) and I felt everything in this book was half-heartedly used to make a point I never was privy to.
All in all I think some things were done well, such as Enki’s tragic character. However, I was so lost the entire time while trying to understand the plot that any really great things were glossed over by an overwhelming frustration.Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review and only received a free review copy from NetGalley as recompence in a Kindle format.