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  • Unique and intriguing

    Final Chance is an interesting and poignant book with a great cast of characters. The book opens in July 2020 in what came across as a middle-eastern country judging by the landscape and the characters/place names. We meet Preen and her boyfriend Rama, who is expecting a child, though no one knows this yet. Rama is explaining to Preen that he has to go to the city of Dor for work to pay off his father’s debts and that he will be there for two years. The book then moves forward in time to 2023 with Preen coming to terms with the death of her husband after a war in the city between two rival militia. That is until one night she receives a phone call from him asking her to come to Dor to be with him. The story at just 125 pages long is a quick read. I liked the main characters, especially Preen who was so headstrong, although she was a little rash. However, the world-building to me lacked. It was hard to imagine what the places/scenery looked like. The secondary character’s stories also felt left out, but then this is a novella so no time really to focus on them I suppose. I also wasn’t a lover of the flashbacks which just seem to appear, were random in time and came often. I became confused by the story on more than one occasion and had to re-read sections as the flashbacks had thrown me off. Overall, it is a short, quick read that was different from anything I had read before but I wanted more backstory, more world-building, and fewer flashbacks. I know that sounds contradictory but I would have preferred the book to have been written in chronological order then keep having flashbacks, just one of my bugbears in books, sorry.

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  • Romantic and suspenseful

    Reviewed by Joanie Chevalier for Readers' Favorite Final Chance by E.B. Roshan is one of those stories readers will ponder about long after finishing. It is set in what sounds like a Middle Eastern region, with civil war raging between two territories. When Preen’s boyfriend Rama, the father of her two-year-old daughter, calls after a two-year absence with a cryptic message to come get him out of the war-torn neighboring city of Tur, Preen quickly jumps into action. When she tries to contact him again, he doesn’t answer, and she agonizes over his radio silence and is unsure of what to do. With the White Horse Militia presence strong, and terrorists killing people and bombing the area, she needs to act discreetly or get caught. Along the way, she meets up with Sanjit, a man bent on killing Rama for his own reasons. What happens next is non-stop action. There are many facets to explore in Final Chance by E.B. Roshan and readers will be eagerly turning the pages. There’s the civil war to maneuver around, the effects of it on those who must survive its terrifying effects, and then buried within is a love story. The love story has several layers and as the reader gets deeper into the story, these layers slowly get peeled back. We meet Preen, who is waiting for her boyfriend to come back. The family presumes he is dead since they haven’t heard from him in several years. There’s Kiva, Preen’s cousin, who loves Preen and wants to marry her. There’s the love between mother and daughter but Preen chooses the love she has for Rama to leave her two-year-old daughter to go find him. And then there’s that fateful moment when Preen is faced with a difficult decision… to survive or save herself… and kill the one she loves. Readers will enjoy the love story as well as the suspense.

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  • An unusual and compelling story

    This wasn't like my usual reads, but it was strangely compelling. The world building was quite loose, for want of a better word. It's a contemporary setting with a fictitious country, though there wasn't really any detail on the cultural backgrounds of the two ethnic groups involved. It certainly captured my attention and I happily read it in one sitting. A part of me wanted the author to have gone into more detail over how and why Preen and Rama first embarked on a relationship. (There was a very brief intimation towards the end of the book.) Though on reflection I like that the author didn't direct us in this way. They allowed us to make our own decision, rather than sway our opinion. This was very much written as a story but in a nonpartisan way, there was no bias, no leading us to favour one side over the other. There are some very powerful messages within this story, along with heartache, mystery and personal growth. I found Preen to be a strong and determined character. Yes she was sometimes the fool that rushed in where angels feared to tread, but at 18 years old she was allowed to be impulsive and naive. I liked Preen, she had made a commitment to Rama and was determined to honour that promise, regardless of the difficulties it might cause. This is very much NOT my usual style of read, both in genre and structure. I clearly need to cast my net further as I did enjoy it. It was a poignant and hauntingly beautiful story and I will definitely read more work by this author.

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