Sunday, 16 December 2012

Book Review- Blue Dust: Forbidden

Title: Blue Dust: Forbidden
Author: Katy Krump
Publication Date: 24th November
Publisher: Ghostly Publishing
Pages: 269 (Kindle Edition)
Series: Blue Dust #1
Genre: Sci-fi, YA

Rating: 4/5


All teenage girls keep secrets and Kerry Johnston is no exception. More than anyone else she knows how to lie, for ‘Kerry’ is an alias and her life is a nightmare of secrecy, violence and fear. In reality this overweight, limping teenage girl is Qea, a Forbidden child from the Qarntaz Octad, sent to Earth to hide from the warlord she has betrayed. Born third into her family in an overpopulated world where surplus offspring are Forbidden and killed or delivered as fodder for the malevolent Inquisitors, Qea has spent her life in hiding.

Qea (Pronounced Kee-ah) is a girl with an unusual history. She comes from a distant galaxy where warlords rule the law and corruption is rife, so she must become hard to survive, but here on Earth a young man will change her heart and risk her life, changing it forever.-Goodreads
 
I was contacted by the author, and offered a copy of the ebook, in return for an honest review.

This novel is a fast-paced sci-fi novel, from an author who's writing is some of the best YA writing I have read in a while. The whole plot is very imaginitive, from the world to all the strange but fantastical beasts that live on the planet.
Qea and Adam are excellent main characters, who are written in such a way that has you rooting for them the whole way through. I also really like the relationship between them, it seems to actually have some foundations, I like that the author begins the relationship before the action begins. It allows you to see their relationship develop, and see how their relationship takes the strain of the circumstances they find themselves in. I really liked Qea's character, and how she seems quite cold and calculating at the beginning, but as the novel progresses, who she thought she was starts to crumble, and she has to try and rediscover exactly who she is. She becomes almost human, she starts to feel things she isn't used to. Adam also changes through the novel, though in a different way from Qea. Adam grows and develops into more than just Qea's boyfriend, he becomes a leader and a hero, and becomes someone Qea relies on heavily to keep her going.
The writing of this novel was very engaging, keeping me on the edge of my seat, and making me want to read more and more. The descriptions were excellent, giving a very clear picture of the places and characters in the novel.
The plot has lots of questions and puzzles woven through it, some of these questions get answered and some don't. This always annoys me when an author leaves so many questions unanswered, but I presume they will be answered in the folowing books in the series.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I would definitely reccommend checking it out, whether you're a fan of sci-fi or not. The storyline is great, and the author has left lots of great questions hanging for the following books, which I will definitely be reading!

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