WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
There is something about dystopian fiction which appeals to readers of all ages. The panic, the tension, the life on edge is something which scares and thrills all of us. I got a chance to review Broken Lies by Claire Vale when the Book Enthusiast Promotions vide Netgalley provided me with a digital copy of the same. The book is the first in the “The Broken” series.
According to the predictions by various scientists, the world was supposed to end in seventy years, a time by when the Arctic Shelf would have completed melted. But that was not meant to be true, the shelf melted in just under five years and unleashed with it something even deadlier. The melting caused thirty percent of the land to be permanently submerged but it was actually the deadly virus which was trapped within the confines of the supposedly permanent ice that delivered the final blow. Within a matter of months, the Earth was full of infected, lifeless living corpses and that caused the end of the world.
Lake was born into this world. She lives in Windsor City, the only surviving city after the apocalypse which survived through the mayhem only because of the vaccine which prevented the outbreak to spread further. But life is not simple and only vaccine cannot ensure full proof security and survival. Further as Lake comes of age, she discovers a deadly truth which will make her question everything which she has learnt so far and shatter her world forever. Will Lake be prepared for this challenge? Will she be able to fulfil her destiny? Know this and much more about Lake’s journey in this exciting new novel.
The plot of Broken Lies is deep and interesting. The setting is unique and quite uncommon to any previous books that I have read on the same theme. The Living Corpses feature in the book but not in a major way. This is great since they are many more things happening in the plot which keeps the readers hooked on. Also, the Living Corpses and the breaches are not the only things that endanger Lake’s world. There is much more happening and the reader will sure be excited on discovering that.
The characters of Lake and Ash are appealing and charming. The other friends are fascinating in their own ways too. I liked the author’s writing style in the way that she is able to deliver a perfect mix of thrill, adventure, danger, love and drama. Coming of age is yet another aspect dealt heavily in the book. My only disappointment was with the end which seemed a little abrupt to me and left a lot of loose ends only to be addressed in the next book.
That being said, I am still mesmerized by the book and enjoyed reading every bit of it. I will surely recommend Broken Lies to all lovers of Young Adult and Dystopian Fiction and to the general readers as well.