4 out of 4 stars
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Arela Harkess is an orphan. She lives at Temporary Welfare Cooperative (TemWel), where she and other orphans are taken care of until they are old enough to join society. Unlike most others at TemWel, she has no idea who her parents were; she doesn't even know their names. She's made it her mission in life to find out. Unfortunately, in Osiris, with the government controlling all information, it's not that easy. Osirians are the last of humanity. As such, there are strict rules governing what can and cannot be done. Violating these rules will get you exiled to the outside. As is always the case, everything is not as it seems, and Arela uncovers secrets that very well may get her killed or exiled. Will Arela find out who her parents were?
The Killing Plot by Tahnee Perry is dystopian fiction. The profanity and sexual content are kept to a minimum. While there is some violence, the book would be appropriate for anyone from teenagers to adults.
I was engrossed in this story from almost the minute I picked it up. The book is filled with action, and I kept forgetting I had to review it. Dystopian books are one of my favorites. Though this is similar to many (the world has almost destroyed itself, there's a totalitarian regime, and violating the rules will get you thrown out), the characters made the story.
The book is written in the first person from Arela's point of view. She's a strong female lead that is constantly getting herself into trouble. She knows what she wants, and she will do anything to get it. She isn't happy with the current government, but she's not ready to join the rebels either. She was my favorite part of the story.
In that same vein, all the characters were realistic and fun. Arela has three close friends at TemWel — Jacobo, Rosalin, and Jaela. I became attached to all of them. In addition, the bad guys are those that you love to hate. One person that you think is nice turns out to be part of the problem.
As mentioned above, though similar to other dystopian books, the author's world-building was exquisite. She gives enough details that the reader can picture these locations. Still, she manages to avoid overload by equally mixing action with description. My favorite location was the Underbelly, a kind of black market for everything in Osiris that's against the rules.
There wasn't anything about the book that I didn't enjoy. Though there was some resemblance to other dystopian novels, that's hard to avoid in such a specific genre. The characters and their uniqueness more than made up for any similarities.
This was the first in a series. Of course, then, there is a cliffhanger ending. A bit frustrating, it still left me wanting to read the next book. If you don't enjoy a series, you'll want to avoid this novel.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed The Killing Plot. There's rarely a review book that makes me forget I'm reviewing it. Therefore, I gladly give this novel 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys dystopian novels with great characters and plenty of action.
The Killing Plot
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