Thursday, August 8, 2013

Review: The War Inside

The War Inside (The Horizons Trilogy, #1)

The War Inside

By M. Kircher

Blurb: The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.

Thea is bitter and alone; eking out her miserable life on the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save the life of an injured girl, and despite her misgivings, Thea decides to rescue sixteen-year-old Viviana. She soon learns that gentle Viv has a life-threatening infection, as well as a freakish patch of glowing skin over her heart. When this light spreads to Thea, causing her palms to glow, she is forced to trust Caden, an arrogant, lazy, and annoyingly handsome boy she utterly despises. Caden has a map to the last city on Earth, and the only place that might have a cure for both Viv's infection and the strange light on Thea's hands. As the trio embark on a journey through the barren wilderness, Thea and Caden discover, and try to fight, their mounting attraction to each other. Along the way they are joined by Rain, Naomi, and Enoch who explain that the light is not a curse, but a powerful gift meant to heal the polluted Earth and reconnect the remnants of humanity. When the group learns that Viv is the key to this planet-wide redemption, and that there are deadly shadows who will do anything to keep humans in the darkness forever, they each must make the difficult decision to help Viv fulfill her destiny...and save the world.

Don't miss THE WAR INSIDE, an exciting young adult dystopian/fantasy novel by debut author M. Kircher.
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA, Science Fiction
Published: July 28, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars
**A free copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I really enjoyed this story. I finished it in a day!

The War Inside is, in my opinion, a very original dystopian. I've never read anything similar to it. That is something that is becoming harder and harder to find now, and that is a huge reason I liked this book so much.

Also, the descriptions in this book were wonderful. I could picture everything very clearly! The author described things in an interesting way; she didn't just say something like, 'the leaf was green.' Instead it's: 'The leaf as green. Really green. Such a vibrant hue that it hurt her eyes to look at it.'

Another thing I loved was Thea's transformation throughout the book. She's the kind of character that you read about and desperately hope she'll get better as the story goes along. Well, Thea does, and it's very natural, not forced like I feared it might be.

There were a few things that I didn't totally like, though. The main one is that Viv doesn't seem to act her age. She's apparently sixteen, and I thought she acted more tween-ish. While I really liked Viv's character, I just didn't see her as a sixteen year old.

Also, this might just be me, I think the blurb might give out a wee bit too much information. Naomi and Enoch did not make an appearance in the story until I was 55% into the book, but they're mentioned in the blurb.

Other than that, it was a great story that I really enjoyed. I will definitely be reading the second book when it comes out!

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