Sunday, April 6, 2014

External Forces by Deborah Rix

External Forces

By Deborah Rix

 Blurb:  ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year 2013 FINALIST-Science Fiction
It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.

When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.

As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action 

Publication Date: September 13, 2013

Pages: 268

Series: The Laws of Motion (book 1) 

My Rating: 3 stars

A free copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While I liked External Forces, I felt that at times this book resembled Divergent. Not just the main plot, but also specific scenes. The knife throwing scene in particular; basically the only thing that differentiated that from Divergent was the fact that it wasn't the MC whose ear was knicked by a knife, it was someone else. That is the biggest reason I didn't give this a higher rating.

Let's start with the positive aspects of this book. First off, I would like to clarify that not everything in this book was Divergent-esque. There were a lot of aspects that weren't. I thought that the ending was definitely different than Divergent for sure.

This was a fast-paced Dystopian, and so I had no trouble reading it. There weren't a lot of slow moments in this book, if any. The author really kept the plot moving throughout the story.

Now, there were a few things that I didn't love very much. Number one was, I didn't really ever connect with Jess. Or Matt, for that matter. I liked the secondary characters a lot, but Matt and Jess weren't my favorite two people, which is a bit problematic when they're bascially the main characters...well, Jess is the main character, but Matt was very important as well.

The Divergent similarities were also something I wasn't in love with. These similarities were most prominent in the beginning. The main things that bothered me were:
-Deviant=Divergent. They resembled each other a lot.
-Matt=Four. Matt is Jess' mentor, and his personality reminded me a lot of Four.
-The knife scene I mentioned above.

All in all, I liked the book, though there were things I also didn't like. I would recommend this to Dystopian lovers, because it still is a good book.

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