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Sasha DeVore

Author of Wake of Deception

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REVIEW: Wake of Deception (The Wake Trilogy, #1), Sasha DeVore
RATING: 3.25/5 stars

I received a free digital ARC of this novel through a LibraryThing Member Giveaway. *THIS REVIEW HAS ALSO BEEN POSTED TO GOODREADS*

It has taken me a little while to get through this book, but I am glad to report that I've finally finished it! I feel slightly biased in my review of this novel, as I felt the target audience level to be much younger than myself, so this is one book I'd definitely recommend checking out yourself to make a judgement. The basic summary is that Hanu and several other children are detained in a mental facility in your typical science fiction world, with the Ancient Ones - an alien race - reigning as benevolent rulers. But as time progresses, Hanu learns to breakdown previous misconceptions and fight like a martyr for his friends and beliefs.

It was a cute story and an easy read, with just enough tension from time to time to keep the plot moving forward. However, I had some issues with Hanu. I know we're looking at a young protagonist here, but the irresponsibility and unintentional egocentrism jumped out on occasion. Specifically, I am thinking of the "it's not fair!" outbursts throughout the text. To me, it was realistic enough for someone his age, but it was somewhat grating to read through. There was also a lot of "but you're just a kid!" talk that seemed moderately forced. Still, I did enjoy the tales of alien races and alternate dimensions. Kurt Vonnegut and his Tralfamadorians would be impressed by those portions, I believe.

I think I would have enjoyed the book more if the plot and writing voice were geared more toward adults. There are many interesting ideas to explore in this text - which I hope are advanced further in books two and three - but they fall short with briefness and a predictable progression. The foundation is here for a solid series, but there are just pieces missing for me.
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