Title : Misfit
Series : The Asura Chronicles
Author : Jo Zaida
Publication Date : May 24th 2021
Genre(s) : YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Two clashing orders battle for power over their world and the realm of the dead, using teenagers as their pawns. The teenagers, however, have other ideas.
In the New World, Elle is visited by a ghost from the Asura, a realm existing between the mortals and the Gods. The Asura challenges everything she thought she knew about herself, her family and the Ministry that controls them, and throws her into an adventure of chaos and discovery.
River, meanwhile, has been welcomed into a secret organisation with tantalising promises of a better future. But not everything is as it seems. His loyalty to his father is challenged as he gets pushed into a strategic engagement with a girl he does not like, and starts to discover more about the Alliance’s darker schemes.
Worlds collide for young adult readers who will love the fast-paced thrills, the chemistry between characters, and the interplay of dystopian fantasy and science fiction, self-discovery and friendship in Misfit, book one of The Asura Chronicles trilogy.
Thank you to the author, Jo Zaida, for reaching out and providing me an e-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
He had made a terrible mistake becoming her friend.Misfit (Asura Chronicles #1)
What I enjoyed
The immersive world building. The author gave us just enough clarity about the new world this book was set in, without making it look like an info-dump.
The different mindsets of the characters. The book showed us all the different angles and perceptions by which the world (the one in the book) is seen by our different main characters. Elle hated being controlled and monitored constantly, Raine said it made her feel safe. River and Jay appreciated the system, but were not blind to its flaws. These different views made the story all the more interesting.
The ending was satisfactory. When I was halfway through the book, I was getting kinda worried about the ending. But it turned out to be extremely satisfactory, while also promising a continuation to the story.
River appeared calm, but it was not a pleasant calmness. He was numb.Misfit (Asura Chronicles #1)
What did not tickle my fancy
The lack of action. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you’ll probably know that I love extremely fast-paced and action packed books. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. There was very little action (though there was murder).
The ever smooth pacing. The pacing throughout the book was completely even. No one likes a flat, single-line
heart rate reading plot, right? There was no climax, no heart-racing moments. An inclusion of these would have made the story so much better.
Overall, I would recommend this book to coming-of-age readers, and anyone who likes some good suspense and enjoys seeing development in family relationships in their reads.
Rating : 3 stars out of 5
In the corner of the room, a shimmering presence watched the joyful celebrations and contemplated the news.Misfit (Asura Chronicles #1)
How did you like my review? Do you have Misfit on your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments!