Saturday, January 17, 2015

#We Proudly Present: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson (Book Review)

In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.

About the Author:

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.

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REVIEW: Broken Hopes

So, this is yet another book brought to us via B00k R3vi3w Tours, meaning I got a free copy in exchange for a honest review - you know the drill. (Anyone know people that actually charge poor authors for giving their opinion on something? I don't. Totally foreign concept for me and always will be. But enough of that.) 

What do I think about Hopebreaker? I don't really know yet, to be totally honest.
The story follows the blurb, so I won't go into detail here - I hate to give spoilers. 
Anyway, as far as steampunk novels go, this was an 'okay' read. I don't really review okay reads anymore, because they are - well, duh, merely okay - but to be fair, I know that there are many people who will love the book and have no issues with it, whatsoever. 

Here it comes: the storyline is interesting and well-thought out; the execution though didn't really impress me. I'm a sucker for details, back stories, in short explanations on whatever comes up in a novel. And although the author did a nice job, it didn't satisfy my needs. It's enough to follow the story without trouble, sure, but, I for one, read fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk to see what others cook up in their nerdy geek minds to push me beyond my limits. And I didn't quite get that. So, strike one. 

The characters were fleshed out, the occasional change of POV was well placed, and overall, I think Dean did a good job telling the story through Jacob's eyes. However, what left a not-so-nice taste, was the execution. I am so not a fan of narrators taking guesses as to what may or may not happen. No one thinks in terms of 'perhaps' and 'maybe'. Thus, strike two. 

HOWEVER, and this is a huge one: the overall story telling, the happenings and world itself are awesome enough that you will read the book to the end, and maybe even check out book 2 in the series. I certainly will give it and the author a try, because the story is good enough to let me ignore my not-so-objective negative remarks. 
Not everyone needs or likes an appendix to a book (I certainly do) and most won't have any issue with the narrator. Yeah, I know I'm picky - I apologize profoundly. 


Three and a half stars (the half star is for effort, of course) for Dean F. Wilson's Hopebreaker, because: despite my being unable to totally get into the story, I know many, many others will. Interesting story, so I'll wait for book 2 to see how the story is going to continue.

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