Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: "The Revenant" (Elise Abram)

The paranormal YA novel The Revenant is a story peopled with an unexpected array of characters, from vigilante and outcast Zulu to empathetic Kat to Morgan, the Seer, to Morgan's brother Malchus, who has the power to raise the dead.

Told from the respective perspectives of each different character affected by the story line, the plot revolves around how to put a stop to Malchus's evil plans to raise an army of zombies to do his bidding and finally destroy his brother.

Author Elise Abram is to be commended for the forethought and planning that clearly went in to devising each of her characters, with their respective back stories and past wounds that motivate their current behaviors --- for instance, Kat's unstable relationship with her mother, or the contentious upbringing between Malchus and Morgan, twin brothers.

The tone of the story is suspense from beginning to end, and the tension is maintained by the careful use of cliffhangers --- each chapter written in a different character's perspective --- and of jumps from the present day story line to incidents in the past that directly affect the present.

Favorite, especially evocative lines include: "From his perch high up on the observation deck Zulu owned the pulse of the city" (pg. 11) and "There was no one on the bridge when they arrived" (pg. 56).

If I had two wishes for the novel's improvement, they would be these:

... first, that the book had been edited with greater care for errors in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, consistency, point of view, and syntax, all of which tended to distract me from the bigger picture elements; and

... second, that there had been a more clearly defined major plot line throughout, with the other story lines and character interactions lessened to sub-plot status, as I felt that each of the different lines was vying for the same amount of face time on the page and sometimes couldn't ascertain the overall objective, if you will, of the work.

All in all, an admirably crafted fantastical world.

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Title: The Revenant
Author: Elise Abram
ASIN: B00M4V19D0
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Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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