Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Review: Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2)

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Author: Gregg Rosenblum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 272 pages

Their fight for freedom is humanity's last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated...and for the first time, they are on their own.

Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.


Protagonists: At the beginning of Fugitive X, siblings Nick, Cass, and Kevin are torn from each other and each begins a journey of self discovery. Much like the last installment, this book is broken up into separate third-person perspectives each one following a different sibling's POV. What sets this installment apart from the last is that for a majority of the book each chapter continues a different story. However, this book still fails to deliver something that I desperately wanted from the last book and that was some really good character development. Don't get me wrong, there is some development, but not nearly enough as I thought their separation would have pulled from them. I hope that the next (and possibly final?) installment, will have a bit more backstory on these characters and show some good development going forward.

Romance: Once again the romance is a very small sub-plot of the book, and while I hoped it would expand a bit, especially where Cass's romance is concerned, it, if possible, was less a part of the plot than the last installment. To make matters worse a love triangle is futilely introduced for Nick. Now why I say futilely is that because of the lack of romance it was hard to take the triangle seriously and in fact those parts became boring to read. Now, even though Kevin is young I thought he might have gotten a small hint and romance, but alas I'm secretly grateful he didn't because it would be hard to watch another romance flopping around like a fish on dry land.

World-Building: There was a lot of world-building revealed in this installment, which leads me to believe that this series may end up being a trilogy. Even though I expected a trilogy feel going into this series I was still surprised at the amount of information and world-building in this book. There are things that I didn't think would happen until the final book that happen here, we meet certain people who influenced the robot uprising, or rather played a part in it, and their shocking connection to the three siblings. There are things that make no sense at the beginning of the book, but by the end everything makes perfect sense, well not everything.

Predictability: Like I said above I was shocked with the amount of surprises this book had in store. Some of these twist however seem a bit out of the blue and nearly broke the flow of the story. It's one of those things that you don't see coming because well, there is absolutely no foreshadowing before it, and then *bam* it's revealed and in stead of the usual "Oh....." realization, I'm instead still really confused by it. There's another big twist towards the end that even with all the foreshadowing towards it I never really caught on until just before it was revealed.

Ending: The ending was fairly full of cliffhangers. I felt that even before I finished the book I didn't want it to end, though that also could have been because the ending was a bit off. I never felt the real closure of the story, and while I understand that with a cliffhanger there wouldn't be a whole lot of closure, but I guess with the book ending like it did last time, except with the epilogue being called a chapter instead I felt like there should have been a bit more time with the main characters instead of seeing what's up with the Senior Advisor.


I really struggled with how I would rate this because even though there are things that I wish this book would have had, or that I wish would have been expanded, I did really enjoy reading this book. It's a fairly quick read I think I read it in about four or five hours and it's a great follow up to the first book.


1 comment:

  1. I skipped most of the review since I haven't read book 1, but I freaking love plot twists, so the predictability section has convinced me that I should definitely give this series a try :D