How are we all this bank holiday weekend?
I am having a nice weekend with my family, broken up by a shift in work (poor me).
**This is a book review on e-arc of Hamartia which I was kindly sent by the author for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
So onto the review:
Date of publication: 15th August 2018
Author: Raquel Rich
Page count: 344
Genre: Sci-fi/ Adventure/ Thriller
Synopsis (taken from goodreads):
Grace’s nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying.
First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate “Vegas Vacation” to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan’s life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.
Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.
So as stated above I was contacted by the author of this book Raquel Rich and asked to read and review it. At first I was a little hesitant because as much as I like sci-fi books, I don’t read them very often, BUT, spoiler alert, I loved it.
Going into this I wasn’t overly sure what to expect other than that it was about a mother fighting to save her son, and that time-travel was involved. I was technically right…..but it is so much more than that. If i could sum this book up in one word it would be CLEVER, this book is very clever; it is not without it’s faults but that did not stop me enjoying it.
When we first meet Grace (the main character) I wasn’t entirely sure I liked her, she seemed to play the victim and blame everyone around her for her inability to handle her emotions. Especially her husband and later on, her best-friend Kay. Although, my thoughts on Grace were challenged throughout the whole book because, shes a mother trying to save her son, of course she is going to do everything she can, even if it isn’t quite right.
This book begins in the year 2080 when the Metegenesis disease is taking over the world, this is when a soul has been reincarnated so many times that it is an “old soul”, Grace finds out at the beginning that her son has experienced soul loss and the story takes off from there. Grace is offered to go back in time to “clone” a soul to save her son by a famous, yet unorthodox scientist “Dr Messie”. Regarding the setting in 2080, I felt the depiction of the world was quite unrealistic although very creative and interesting. I have to admit sometimes there was an overuse of environmental descriptions that some times took me out of the story, however, we aren’t in 2080 very long so it was fine.
When we go back in time we end up in Las Vegas in 2000, which I think was a brilliant setting for this story! There was a heavy influence on gambling that showed both the issues and intrigue that people who gamble experience, I really appreciated this as it made the character very real to me. However, one thing I was quite confused about was the reliance Grace and Kay had on Dr Messie’s team regarding “how to dress, act and use money” in the year 2000…..it was only 80 years in the past from their present day. Surely you cant be completely ignorant to the way of the world only half a century ago (assuming Grace is like 30 odd)
There are a few things that confused me or took me out of the story, such as the lack of explanation regarding the intricacies of time-travel, reincarnation and the whole soul cloning procedure. But like I said before, this didn’t much effect my enjoyment of the book. As i got about halfway through the book I realised I couldn’t put it down! It is so clever, witty and full of shocking twists and turns!! And do NOT get me started on Kay’s analogies, they had me laughing out loud so many times.
This is one of my favourites:
“Kay has been like a nervous chihuahua on its way to have a pit bull at a ballroom dance”
All in all, I would describe this book as, witty, shocking, emotional and intricate, and I am very much looking forward to the second book in this series!
Well that was a pretty long review but I honestly really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to those of you who like thrillers and sci-fi.
Again I would like to say thank you to Raquel for sending me a copy of this book as I really enjoyed it!
Authors website: https://raquelrich.com/
Buy the book here!
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