Saphira (saphirablue) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 10

Title: Rarely Pure & Never Simple
Author: Angel Martinez
Pages: 192
Summary: Damien just wants to be left alone. Too bad his variant talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for the government's missing person cases. He can refuse, but it's not so easy when the missing are variant kids.

Blaze Emerson is a sparker. People fear him as much for his ability to call fire as his obnoxious, violent temperament. He's good at what he does, though, and he's intrigued by the quiet man who can find people with his brain.

Conspiracies, treachery, and wild rumors are only the start. First Damien and Blaze have to survive each other.

My thoughts:

I like it. I like both main characters and the world they are living in. A kind of dystopian world, set in the future after climatic and other changes reduced the population of the US/on the continent by about 80% and now it's slowly going back up. But, there is stuff like plasma guns, maglev cars and so on. There are also badlands and wildlings and whole groups of families/clans that became nomadic. I like this mix. And on top of it? There are the variants. People with powers which developed due to scientists changing the human genom in order to wipe out diseases like Parkinsons, multiple scleroses and so on. I think, that's pretty interesting but, unfortunately and so often happening, we don't really learn much about this and how everything happened and so on. I really wish that authors who create such awesome worlds let us spend more time getting to know/discovering both the past and the present time of them.

I like Damien and Blaze even though both of them don't click to a 100% with me. But, I liked reading about them and traveling with them through this world while looking for the missing kids.

I feel like this book should be longer. There is so much happening and to discover but it's over so fast. I had to read certain pages again to be sure that all the kids have been found (for me, that hasn't been clear; I thought only a few of them have been with Shade.). :/

Also, I thought that some of the issues (like certain twitches or the hunger) Damien has every variant has. But, later in the book it didn't seem so and Blaze and Shudder never seemed to be affected? Maybe I misunderstood stuff?
Tags: dystopia, glbt, sci-fi

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