My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My name is something that people do not speak of lightly, afraid that saying it out loud would make them a target. I have seen the way people cringe into their skin in my presence, the way they recoil when I stand too close or how they instantly avert my gaze frightened to look at my eyes. The humans have likened me to something of a legend, simple minds caught up in their fables. But those who have witnessed the reaping are too afraid to speak… because they are petrified of admitting the truth. They call me the Reaper and they say that death and I are lovers – or so I’ve heard
I don’t normally use the goodreads synopsis, or book blurb in my reviews, I prefer to write things in my own words, however, this time, I honestly did not know how to even begin to describe what this book was about. As you can probably see, from the synopsis, it is intriguing as all getout. What I got however, was something a bit more muddled than amazing.
The protagonist doesn’t have a name (I don’t think….if they do, I honestly can’t remember it), this isn’t a problem, I’ve read Jeff VanderMeer’s The Southern Reach trilogy. I actually find that stories where the protagonist does not have a name to be incredibly interesting, if done right. This story was incredibly short, so I’m not so mad that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would.
Let’s start with the editing, I felt that there needed to be another round or two of it to really make this piece shine. Also, the format was a bit screwed up on my kindle which made continuing sentences hard to keep up with at times. I guess you could say, the formatting made the continuity of the piece hard to follow.
I felt that this story was a big muddle of chaos, in my mind anyway. I get the gist of it, it’s a dystopian world where the supernatural creatures have stepped out of the shadows and shown themselves as existing. The humans freaked out and then there was an all out war between the two species, World War 3 as it’s called in the story. Things are kind of stable, but peace can be broken at any point. Our protagonist is a reaper. She (I think it’s a she) goes around killing off the bad vampires who threaten the balance of peace. So the idea is really cool, I just feel that it wasn’t executed very well.
The writing is very stilted and didn’t have any flow in my eyes. I’m really glad this was a short story otherwise I probably would have DNF’d it, if I’m honest. I didn’t connect to the protagonist at all. Zilch, nada, a big fat nothing on the character investment side of things. So there was honestly nothing keeping me invested in the story at all.
The world building seemed to be the main point of this first instalment, which is fine, we need to understand the world that we’re reading about. This part was pretty solid, I loved how fleshed out the backstory about the current state of the world was. I did find that the beginning felt like a bit of an info dump at first, it took me a bit to wrap my head around what was happening, or, in this case, had happened.
This seems to be almost a serialised format of release for this series, so the short instalments I think will work well for it. For me though, there was just nothing in this story for me, which makes me sad. I really want to love it. The cover is super interesting and eye catching, and as I said at first, that synopsis was SUPER intriguing. Unfortunately, it’s just not for me, so I won’t be continuing with it. I would like to thank the author for including this story in a book funnel email, and I’m just sorry that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.