Warm milk and cookies for anyone who noticed that I had been gone.
This time, my absence was for legitimate reasons. A lot has happened in my life since my last post on this blog, the worst of it being two deaths, unfortunately. They rattled me, and they still shock me when I think about them. But it’s like they say- life goes on.
ALSO, I am (hopefully) temporarily using a Goodreads image in the post. I want to put a well-photographed picture of the book, but I also wanted to get this review up.
So, after months of pocketing this review in my Drive, I have decided to pull it out, give it a bit off a polish, and feature it on my blog. Do enjoy ❤
Revealing The Revolution by N.M. Sotzek | Book review #11
Although this book is about a mass competition, a trend many books today seem to be following, it focuses more on the personal struggles of each of the team members, rather than the battle with their competitors.
Cover from Goodreads.
In this futuristic story, we are introduced to a new vogue taking place at that time- the Canadian Scanning Tournament, which requires participating athletes to complete timed challenges, with the help of their robotic animals. As dangerous secrets start spilling, the team-members find themselves in a mess that keeps getting bigger.
The Iffy Bits:
- Plot: This one may be a bit of shocker since I was the one who requested this book for review, but the whole concept about ‘robotic animals’ contradicted with some of my religious beliefs. There were also certain concepts and scenes which I felt the book could have done just fine without.
- Lack of Closure: after 300 pages, I would have liked to seen a more satisfying end than the one that I got. Hurray for the cliffhanger, but a question that had been bothering me since the first chapter still remains unanswered.
- Predictability: I’m not sure if some closing events were supposed to be a twist, but the ending didn’t take me by surprise.
- Character treatment: I feel like some characters were treated with disrespect and not appreciated as much as they should have been.
Editing update: Guys, I’m a super noisy typer. My brother is sleeping right now, and I’d hate to wake him up.
The Good Bits:
- The characters: All of them are unique to the team. We have Rick, the mature captain. Maria, the only female athlete on the team. Cameron or Cam, who underneath all his layers of pride and cockiness is caring. And last, who thinks he is least, Ryan, the nevertheless enthusiastic rookie, come to replace Rick’s father on the team. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it was interesting to see them all get along together.
- Sub-plots: This book features arguments against the game, and explore other possibilities, which I quite enjoyed.
- Cost of Fame: Brief, but an honest look into the obstacles that come with popularity.
- So, when does book 2 come out?
- ^Oh God, how could I forget? Book 2 is already out.
I hope that you enjoyed this review, and I apologize if it wasn’t as organized as you’d have liked it to be. Many thanks to N. M. Sotzek for sending me a free copy of her book to me; I am so glad that you did.
As always, I’d love to hear what you have to say to me- your thoughts on the book, on my review, on your life, on Instagram’s Stories Feature, anything (appropriate) really! Also, I would love some book recommendations, so send me of those, too, please!
AssalamuAlaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu (Arabic to English translation: Peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you).
Take care of your lovely selves,