4 out of 4 stars
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Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider is a Science Fiction novel that follows two protagonists fleeing from malicious, illegal groups. Sonya is being tailed by the "Screamon Demons", a gang that she deserted, for having committed treason and stolen some valuables. Simultaneously, Trey is being chased by a terrorist group, Chrome Falcon, that plan to use his innovative intelligence for their evil deeds. With their lives and freedom at risk, the runaways are forced to face their long regretted actions and have to fight together for their rightful, peaceful future. Otherwise, they will forever lack closure and will be haunted at the mercy of their past associations.
The story certainly gives plenty of background for the main characters for the readers to sympathize with. But, there is a small lack of character development. Despite this, I believe that this is one of the strengths of the book as it ensures that the fast pace of the action is not interfered with. Furthermore, the author compensates by alternating the perspectives of various characters for a quick reflection in different scenarios — which I have grown incredibly fond of — to allow the readers a brief moment to gain a deeper understanding of the heroes and villains. That being said, I choose not to deduct any points.
The actions scenes are complemented by the use of easily understandable words that describe the creative fighting choreography and the modern setting in an excellent manner. Although the book mostly focuses on the action and technological, the author implemented a wider variety of scenarios to add more depth. The justification behind gender roles and terrorism are slightly explored, and the occasional comedy is certainly appreciated. Thus, making the book feel much more enjoyable and satisfying.
This book is definitely suitable for young adults and teens due to some immature jokes and violence. The action does not consist of detailed gore, but may be found to be too violent for children. If you are searching for a book that offers a slower and more peaceful pace, and perhaps a buildup, then Chrome Mountain is not for you. But I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy stunts and other exciting experiences, such as myself.
This book is certainly professionally edited, and I give the rating of 4 out of 4 stars. There aren't any grammatical errors that I have taken notice of. The story is a fun read that should be welcomed by many people.
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