Author: A.M. Daily
Series: Lacuna Chronicles 1
Rating: Four Petals
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The ascension of the Terah has ravaged the Earth and plunged humanity into a horrifying existence. Humans struggle to survive in the few remaining cities beside Mechi, artificially intelligent beings whose most recent models are indistinguishable from their human creators, and the Ezri, a race of humanoid alien life whose descent to Earth changed the future of humankind forever.
Caden is number 508349, and has lived a comfortable and privileged life as the son of a wealthy corporate bigwig, kept safe from the dangers of life outside of Belen. An inexplicable restlessness leads Caden to pursue Earth's lost past in cities other than his own and in the dusty words of suppressed history books.
Together with his streetwise friends, Mikas and Blue, Caden learns to navigate the shadowed world of the Underground Streets as he searches for answers to the questions left by his recurring nightmares.
When a series of catastrophic events leads to an encounter with a mysterious stranger, Caden is drawn unwittingly into a decades long war for freedom. As he struggles to accept his place in his rapidly changing reality, Caden is given insight into his true nature, allowing him to finally take the leap of faith he needs to reclaim his identity and freedom.
I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The world ended when the Ezri arrived, but it was saved by the Terah. At least, that's what the Terah want you to think. Caden knows better, but there is still so much history that has been lost. His search for the truth inadvertently brings Caden into the war for freedom and into his own personal history, but this isn't a war he thinks he can survive.
The best part of this book was the world building, which caught me on page one and pulled me in. The descriptions of the fires burning outside Caden's train windows was so detailed that I could practically taste the smoke myself. As the set up for the rest of the book, that scene was wonderful. What made the world building even more dynamic was the way it was tied into Caden's emotions. The descriptions of the masks, for example, and the utter revulsion he feels whenever he sees one made me associate the world with the people living in it in a way that only made it feel more alive.
Caden himself was difficult to identify with, which is why this book only received four petals. In comparison to the world building, his personality feels very one note. I liked him overall, but it was difficult to want to root for him. That said, as the plot progresses and you learn more about what makes Caden the way he is, I did grow to like him more.
The world building and the emotions tied to it in this story were amazing and that is why I absolutely recommend this story. I thought the characterizations were a little weak in comparison to the rest, but overall this was a good read.
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