Author: Didi Oviatt
Pages: 150 (Ebook)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: April 17, 2014
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
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“New Age Lamians”, written by Didi Oviatt, is a dystopian novel where only a small percentage of the world’s population has survived the mighty lightening storms that attack at night. Some of these lucky survivors live inside the walled city created by the Company, while others still struggle to live amidst nature, cast out from all kinds of modern life and technology. Jackson is one of them and, when the Company takes him from his home and his father because he possesses the G factor that will allow him to be injected with a special serum, his life is turned upside down. This serum causes his body to become fully enhanced and, without being given a choice, he is forced to fight against a half-woman, half-serpent monster that is threatening mankind.
Despite the serious content of the book, there are still some humorous parts, mainly when Jack is becoming fully acquainted with his new surroundings: he didn’t know what a pen was, a toilet or own long was an hour. There is some romance as well, although I feel that the connection between Jack and Amber was a bit too sudden. However, they both had traumatic experiences and I guess that that drew them together faster.
This book also had a lot of “telling” rather than “showing” and, although the detailed descriptions allowed the setting to come to life, sometimes it seemed that the writing dragged on. I also think that at some points the violence was a bit too explicit as all those accounts of the smell of blood and bones being crushed and entrails scattered about, made my stomach churn.
Nevertheless, this book had an interesting story line and the ending surely hints that there will be a sequel worth reading.