Author: Avery Hastings
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction/Romance
Series: Feuds, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An explosive debut, Feuds completely delivers--a deceptive utopian society, a strong main character, and a forbidden, knee-melting love story--I was completely captivated! Really looking forward to the sequel!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Davis Morrow is a Prior--a perfect specimen of the new generation. There is no sickness, disease, or violence. Her world is perfectly aligned. But when she meets Cole, an "Imp"--or "Imperfect", the opposite of her and Priors themselves, Davis realizes that her world is not as perfect as it likes to pretend. And when her friends are dying of a deadly new disease called Narxis, she realizes that Cole may be her only hope.. And that he just might be the boy she's been waiting for all along..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--it was breakneck from the beginning and I couldn't put it down
-The world that Davis and Cole live in, perfect on the surface but truly chilling when you dig down deep
-Davis, the young woman who seems to singlehandedly discover that her world isn't as safe as she'd like to think it is--watching her grow and develop into a strong young woman was really fun and engaging
-Cole, the bad boy from the other side of the tracks--literally--fighting to save his family and falling for a girl who is light-years away from him in every way--I do believe I fell for him as hard as Davis did
-The sweet, passionate romance between them
-I liked the way the romance countered the thrilling, scary escalation of Narxis--it really created a nice balance of the whole book
-The hints that Davis herself was not all she seemed--I can't wait for the sequel!
What could've been better:
-I didn't like Parson Abel, Davis's father--in fact I really didn't like any of the Priors in the novel except for Davis
-I wish more had been said about Davis near the end--now I'm hanging by a thread! I need more!
Overall, I really enjoyed Feuds--a truly stunning first novel! Next on deck: Linked by Imogen Howson!