February 14, 2019

#BookReview: The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Title: The Fever King
Series: Feverwake
Author: Victoria Lee
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  Ebook, 376 
Published: March 1, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Rating: ★

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Synopsis:  In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

About the Author:  Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering that spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whiskey. Lee writes early in the morning and then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her partner.

My Review: I always get excited when that prime thing for Kindle First gives us a young adult novel since that is mostly what I read. So when this one popped up and I found out it was a post-apocalyptic fantasy I was like YES PLEASE!! But shortly into the title, I realized that this was just a very slow and boring story.  I just didn't care about anyone in the story and by 10% I was just done and bored to tears. I am sad to say that this one really felt like it didn't have the depth I was hoping for.  I mean within the first 10% this kid finds three people who are either dead or on their way out. One of which is his own father and it just didn't feel like it had any emotion at all.

Go Into This One Knowing: Slow, Boring, No Depth

From the Editor

The world of Victoria Lee’s debut novel works like an unforgettable prism for our own. The story is set in a near-future North America, not quite the United States anymore, but a place that we recognize all too well. Refugees are denied basic rights. Children of immigrants live in fear. Power serves only itself. And yet...there’s magic in this imagined Carolinia, a kaleidoscopic array of wondrous abilities enjoyed and exploited only by those who survive magic’s initial viral attack.

And there’s beauty, too. In the strength of sixteen-year-old protagonist Noam Álvaro as he leaves home to accept an offer from a government minister to learn the science behind magic. In the friendships that develop between Noam and his fellow students, who also survived their own infections and now train with the magic elite. And in the love that grows between Noam and the minister’s own teenager, who is equally capable of both tender intimacy and mystifying cruelty.

Set amid this imaginative world of beauty, magic, and political turmoil, Noam struggles to reconcile his newly discovered technopathy (his magical ability to control technology) with a lifelong desire to avenge the government’s mistreatment of everyone he’s ever known and loved. And then, he discovers that almost nothing he has learned to believe is as it seems.

Part thriller, part fantasy, part dystopia, and brimming with enough action and allegory to keep adult readers riveted, The Fever King hails the introduction of a talented and very exciting new storyteller who will appeal to teens and adults alike.

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