4 out of 4 stars
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Blockhead by Kyle J.S. Bardell is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains four parts: “Bronco Ranch,” “Ultreu,” “City of Light,” and “Prestina,” which follows Bronco’s journey. Bronco lives on a mechanical horse ranch with her parents, Jericho and Rue, and her little brother, Lockett. Unlike other places, Bronco and Lockett are both heirs to the ranch. Bronco befriends a teenage boy named Wolfrum who lives in Wolfrum’s Forest. Sinjorino advises Bronco that she has to go to the capital city for education and learn her placement in life. Upset because her parents had never explained this to her, Bronco asks Wolfrum to run away with her. He does not run away with her but shows her the way. Lockett wants to run away too, but Bronco does not want to take him because he cannot care for himself. After running into difficulties, Bronco decides going to the capital city is better than living with her parents, so she returns home to depart for the capital city. All Bronco wants is to live a life without barriers. Does Bronco finish her education? What is her placement in life? Is a life without barriers possible?
I was able to visualize and understand each of the characters due to the excellent character development. I could see the peacock feathers sticking out of skulls, the desert sand, the ocean beaches, the icy winter storm, and the fire in the forests. I felt like I was part of the story and found myself holding my breath at times. The four sections of the book made the plot flow smoothly, and made it easy for me to follow the sequences in the story. This book is full of morals and lessons for the reader to learn. One of my favorites was about ants and why they walk in a straight line, the importance of their orderly nature, and all of them doing their part in their society. Another concept I liked was that children judge nothing and only see the beauty in life. The story shows how capitalism impacts citizens and their right to live life the way they want to.
The only negative aspect of this book is the pace. The first few chapters moved slowly, and I had trouble determining the story’s plot. However, the pace eventually picked up, and the book became an enjoyable read with an unexpected ending.
A professional editor has edited this well-edited book as it contains only six errors. There is absolutely no reason for me to give this book less than 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommend this book to sci-fi/fantasy fans over the age of 18. The non-borderline profanity and gory content make the book unsuitable for younger readers.
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