Today I have a requested review that I was given by Odyssey Books, so thank you to Odyssey Books for sending me an electronic copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
And this book was Luch by Anne-Marie Yelks and once I had gotten past the first ten percent or so I really loved it! I was gripped by the mystery aspect and the journey aspect and quite frankly just all of it because it combined lots of interesting plot lines into one and I was whisked away in Isla’s story.
On to the review!
Eighteen-year-old Isla lives in Naudiz, a historical reenactment community in a future America. Contracted by the government to perform the traditions of her Mennonite ancestors for tourists, she loves her family but wonders where life could take her.
A new schoolteacher spots Isla’s potential as a CREIA cadet, making her one of many girls recruited to visit the closely guarded Library of Ages. There are rumors that girls who go to the CREIA never return, but Isla is armed with a powerful tincture from her brother’s workshop and has her best friend Esme by her side.
She soon learns the dark secrets hidden in the CREIA’s beautiful campus. The girls are assessed for a sinister destiny and forced to become dream addicts, forever lost in a hallucinogenic reality. When it seems there is no hope left, Isla’s connection to nature and the chance at a new love reveal that the key to the future lies in the past. Sifting among the ruins, she finds herself standing up to answer the question all Citizens want to know: Where will they go as the Earth begins to heal from environmental destruction, growing into a lush land full of promise?
summary is from goodreads
ESCAPE score: 46
As I have mentioned, it took me a while to get into this story but once I had I became fully engrossed and really wanted to read the rest of the story as soon as possible because it was so gripping and you could really feel how high the stakes were for Isla and the rest of the characters.
Speaking of the characters, they were generally well written and Isla was such a great protagonist. She was brave, resourceful and smart throughout everything that she went through and I really admired her perseverance as let’s be honest if I was in the situations she found herself in I would be screwed lol. Perrin (Isla’s brother) was a great character too and I adored him and Janie because they are the cutest together and deserve the entire world. My one issue with some of the character was that some of them had a redemption or a major change in personality a little too quickly but that is just me being fussy!
The plot was really interesting once I had gotten into it and took some turns that I didn’t expect it would which helped keep me on my toes, which I really loved. The ending was very strange though and it honestly had me thinking that everything was just a dream or that the main character was crazy and that wasn’t great but once again it might just me being picky again or confused. However, it did fit with the crazy and twisted story that kept going throughout the entirety of the book.
The writing also took a little while for me to get used to but again once I did I really liked the writing style. The creativity of the author was really good and honestly I was very impressed by this, especially because she wove so many tropes and popular plot lines together. A very well written book!
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