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    Wonderful Read!

    Wow! What can I say! I enjoyed every part of this book! I just loved the plot! I have read so many books these past few years and can definitely say this one is unique. Its not your typical dystopian type book. You can always tell the good authors from the great ones..and this author is great! Not everyone can create a book that is exciting, on edge and quite unique. Thanks for such a wonderful read I.A. Ashcroft! I cannot wait for the next one! 😍
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    Dark and amazing in its own way!

    The story is set in a very dark way and there is too much of death in and around the book. One can feel it right out with the words. The dreams and shadows are the deeper story builders that enable the reader to fall in this endless pit of darkness. The crazy part is that the story switches from present and past of Jackson very abruptly. It shows his mental state as the switching happens and glimpses of his past and hallucinations dictate the flow of the story. That is something that confused me a lot. Once I got the hang of it, it was pretty much a thrilling ride waiting with bated breath as the story bound itself tighter and the past resurfaced. Somewhere in the story-line the reader can make the connection of what is happening. It is rather hard to trust your instinct as the antagonist seems like a raving lunatic! The magic was not up to the level I had imagined, however the stage is set for more magic to make its appearance in the next book. Oh yes, it shall have a sequel. So a heads-up!
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    Dark Dystopia Fantasy. Great writing.

    I found this book very hard to get into at first. The story progressed very slowly for me. The world is not a very friendly place. Cities are protected by domes from radiation from nuclear bombs. The Coalition is in charge and ever watchful. Jackson was an orphan with no memory of who he is. With strange powers he did not understand. Seeing ravens that are extinct and having terrible nightmares. He struggled with them through his childhood. He was eventually adopted by a nice man who recognized his abilities and took him to learn to control these things. He took him to a group called The Order of Mages. After getting some help controlling the things he saw, Jackson thrived. He took over his adopted father's business, a trucking company that dabbled in smuggling. Occasionally he would still have the visions etc. But he had a tea that he would drink and they would abate, for a while. But a new job for his company changes things. Sent outside of the dome to retrieve a package, what he finds is a box containing a woman! She has no idea how she got there. She is from "before." Before the world collapsed. She emits radiation and has some strange abilities not unlike Jackson. Together the 2 must figure out why she is here, why the box was for "Jack." The coalition is watching! I really liked the writing in this book. The storyline is not the usual, for sure. It is a bit dark. Dark, dystopian, magic. The scene descriptions are wonderfully detailed! I just felt that the author was setting up the next book most of the time. Nothing was really resolved for me. So many questions left unanswered. I would give this book 4 stars for the great writing, but I appreciate some closure. I mean, I know that it's how you sell the next book, but I would have liked some parts to either be expanded on, or completely explained. Many side characters seem like they could have their own stories as well. I will read the next book, if it is the same, with the open ended story, I don't think I will read the third
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    Distressing Dystopian

    I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this was not it. And I mean that in a good way. Jackson was an interesting character for me. I wasn't a huge fan of him in the beginning, but I like that we got to see his weakened psyche even though he doesn't show it to the world. As the story progressed, I found myself rooting for him more and more, although some decisions he made I rolled my eyes at. I felt every emotion that Anna felt, and I was just as confused as if I had been the one who had woken up in a box in the middle of the desert. I loved how her backstory was only exposed as it fit the story, instead of info dumping it all at once. Somehow she's radioactive, somehow she's from 100 years ago, and no one knows why. Beyond Jackson and Anna, I had no freaking idea who to trust. We're introduced to some side characters (ie Frank, Jackson's bodyguard) who you WANT to trust, but you could also see them being in on all the bad stuff. It made for some interesting plot progression when EVERYTHING that happened involving other people I thought was going to be the end of them. The plot itself was pretty interesting. I did not guess any of it, and there were elements mixed in from both characters pasts that took it from maybe a 2 star book to a 3.5 star book for me. I don't know if I would have been as invested if this was a longer book, but I'm also interested to see where the series goes, so it won part of me over at least!
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