Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me. I was really looking forward to this, but I pretty much had an issue with… everything. The characters, the world-building, the writing, etc. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with all of this, it just wasn’t for me.
I do have to mention the biggest drawback this book has going for it. And that’s the fact that this centers around colonists (or descendants of colonist) POVs and ignores the indigenous race (chimera). Basically, a long time ago humans started arriving at a moon called Sahara from all over the Earth and started colonizing. They had no idea that an indigenous species was asleep underground.
I thought it was obvious that reading a book where colonist wake up and realize “oh wait, you are a living being who deserves to be treated with respect and not have your land stolen from you” was something a lot of people wouldn’t like. It’s just hard to sympathize with characters who are just starting to let go of their prejudices. Aimal goes into a lot more detail here, which you should check out if you want to know more about this.
The best part of this book was that the cast was so diverse; it’s probably one of the most diverse group of characters I’ve read about in a while. Rumor is bisexual and multiracial. Jude is gay. Nyx is Deaf, pansexual, and Latinx. Dahlia is Afro-Latinx, transgender, and bisexual. Braeden is asexual. And while I didn’t dislike any of these characters, they weren’t all that memorable to me. Characters in a story can make or break a book for me, and if I can’t connect to any of them then I probably won’t like the book. I don’t think I’ll remember any of these characters in a few weeks time.
Then there’s the world-building, which didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t read a lot of sci-fi? But I thought the world-building was pretty flimsy. Parts of it had futuristic elements like a sci-fi should, but other parts read like it took place in modern times.
Also the writing was not my cup of tea. The writing was soooooo detailed. It got to a point where I had to stop every few pages to process what I’d read. And then I’d realize I didn’t actually understand anything and I’d have to start all over. You could imagine why I didn’t like it. So, the writing wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t a fan of it.
I can see why other people enjoyed it, I just wasn’t one of them.