Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson


Hummm...on the fence about this one. One thing I can say for Wilson's Hopebreaker is that despite this not being a book type I normally read it held my attention. Which any reader knows is difficult for a writer to accomplish. Having said this I do believe that a few more responses to situations of the emotional variety would have made this book much better. I would say too that Jacob (Our Hero) being a 35 year old was surprising as I felt the voice was much younger and it surprised me to discover that he was this age. His thoughts led me to believe that it was a much younger man. Like 19-25 rather than 35.

On to the story, we start with out hero somehow getting caught by the Regime selling amulets to prevent demon pregnancy's. The demons in the Regime don't like this because that's what they are trying to do is get human/demon babies. So they snatch him and throw him into jail. There he finds a boy named Whistler who kinda adopts him, and when there is a rescue afoot for the young teen he takes Jacob with him. 

After they got out of the jail was when the story lost a bit I think. The descriptions were awesome and painted a picture, but there wasn't much emotion behind it. Taberah and Jacob are apparently in an odd relationship that seems to be completely emotionless. Neither character has any reaction to the connection they create, which was a bit odd. (now normally this is where I would put down the book, but for some reason this one still intrigued me. Somehow. The world was interesting and I wanted to know more...) So onwards I ventured to discover that women who aren't "pure" (Women who can create normal babies and everyone thinks are a myth) can't get preggers, but they can have lovely demon babies...strange

After this things get interesting again with escapes of a daring nature and Lots of action, peppered with scenes between Whistler and Jacob, and a few interesting things that I won't tell you about because hello...why would you read the book then.

Oh yay and somehow Taberah is pregnant with his baby cause she's a pure and her amulet didn't work...(I also saw that one coming so this book may have been a bit predictable.)

Finally I got to the ending were they took down a hope factory (this is a drug/substance that keeps the half demons alive) and discover that Teller is a Gasp (nope saw that one coming by his description of the guy) Spy. On to what I felt was a slightly abrupt ending which leads into the next book... so the verdict is strangely a little muddy for me. Liked it and didn't might read the next one to see what happens...

The book has merit and I would recommend it if you like steampunk, but for me it was a :

NSEP or Not so excellent personal experience, or a 3.5 star

Links to book :: : Steampunk Dystopian
B& : Steampunk Dystopia

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.

His epic fantasy trilogy, The Children of Telm, was released between 2013 and 2014. 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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