August 28, 2018

#BookReview of Drift by M. K. Hutchins

Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Lee and Low/Tu Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia
About the Book: Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Only those poor enough to need children to support themselves in old age condescend to the shame of marriage. Tenjat is poor as poor gets, but he has a plan. 

In the center of the island rises a giant Tree, where the Handlers—those who defend and rule the island—live. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. He couldn’t have picked a more dangerous time. The Turtle is nearing a coral reef where it desperately needs to feed, but the naga will swarm just before they reach it. Even novices like Tenjat are needed for the battle. 

Can Tenjat discover his sister’s secrets in time? Will the possibility of love derail all his plans for a richer, marriage-free life? Long-held secrets will at last be revealed in this breathtaking debut from M. K. Hutchins.

About the Author: 
M. K. Hutchins short fiction has appeared in several journals. Drift is her debut novel.

Do I Recommend this book? Nope

Notes and Opinions: I really tried to like this book because it sounded so awesome but it was just bad. Real bad. I DNFed it part way through. The writing was terrible. Everything felt awkward and just didn't work at all. The same thing was repeated over and over and over again. And the characters were so bad. Like they had terrible personalities. I had trouble following their actions and understanding the motivations. 


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Thanks for the heads up. This sure did sound fascinating though and such a great cover. But bad writing is a deal breaker for me too.

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