Crimson Ash

“Even though many of our loved ones may not be with us anymore, we must fight. Even when it hurts to know they’re gone, we must fight. Even if you want to give up hope, we must fight against the enemy whose goal is to strip away all that makes us human. If we do not continue our fight, we will face a fate worse than death. Tonight, may the dead rest in peace knowing they haven’t died in vain.”

Summary
It’s year 2065. Deadly virus, the Devil’s Dream, decimated the population. The ones who are left are being hunted by soulless soldiers. People who are caught by them get to decide. They can recieve a swift death or live in a City of Graven – a place where all dreams die.

Writing
In my opinion the writing killed this book. It could have been a 2 star book, maybe even a 3 star for someone more generous than me, but the writing was awful. The author keeps alternating between first person and third person perspective, and that was incredibly tiring and annoying. I also don’t think that there is a good reason for those alterations.

Besides, the author made a lot of weird choices while writing. For example, there was no mention about any religion for the whole book. Except for the one moment, when the main character exclaimed “Jesus!” (it was around 70% into the book.) I found it so weird that it threw me out of the story for a moment.

I liked that the chapters were really short. It made me feel like I was reading this book much faster.

Characters
All characters are underdeveloped and their relationships are rushed and unrealistic.

The only character I liked was the villain, especially at the beginning. He is very cunning, charismatic and inteligent.
To be completely honest I kind of hoped he would kill everyone else, because I just didn’t care about anyone in this story. I think I would have liked Quill but he died like 3 pages after the book started, soooo…

Plot
Plot is very disorganised and repetitive. Someone is losing memory/control. Then they get it back. Then someone else loses memory/control. Guess what? They get it back! I am sure you won’t be able to figure out what happens next!

I was also really annoyed by the main threat – the City of Graven. Yes, sure. All dreams die there… but why? There is no good reason for this city to exist in the first place. And for sure there is no reason for it to be the way it is. Yeah, this idea of people following the same routine over and over again is pretty scary and I guess it was supposed to be deep, but it makes no sense. No sense at all.

Overall
If you are looking for a good dystopian novel, go look somewhere else.

 

I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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