Author: Rich Paz
First Published: July 1st 2016
Series: Stand alone
Genre: YA Fiction, Sci-Fi
Available As: ebook
My Copy: ebook (PDF)
My Overall Rating: 7.5/10
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review of the book.
I thought this was a really interesting book! Although I do read the sci-fi and fantasy genre very regularly, I don't usually pick up books with aliens and dragons - a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy! I wouldn't have imagined a book where both appear, but Rich Paz manages to blend these two genres together easily and with flair, so Enoch's story is quite captivating. Enoch and his friends make a lively, energetic and loud bunch - especially Danica. But overall, I think my favourite character is Uriel because he is pretty different from the rest of them, being quiet and level-headed in most situations. He also is very logical, which I like about him.
The downside to this book was that the style didn't really work for me. It's told in Enoch's POV, but there was an over-abundance of his thoughts. As I was reading the book, I remembered all the phrase from my English teacher: "show, not tell." Rich Paz does a lot of telling in this book, especially in intense or dramatic scenes (like the battles and whatnot) where I would have liked some descriptive writing as opposed to Enoch directly telling me what was going on. I think the story would have flowed a lot better if there was a bit more descriptions. There was too much onomatopoeia for me.
I also really liked how there were some pictures of the characters at the end, which allowed me to compare the drawings to my imagination. It was a pretty fun thing to include, since many authors do not have illustrations at all.
Overall, I think this is a good book for a debut author, especially since the themes and plot line is very unique, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there was a lot more "showing". I look forward to any new books Rich Paz will write in the future!
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