Monday, December 30, 2013

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First Impression: Titled after Heaven’s field, and including space travel with romance? Sounds like an interesting read.
Characters: Molly Bennett is a typical high school teenager who ‘falls down the rabbit hole’ and accidentally discovers another planet. She falls for Victor, a Sentinel Apprentice from Arkana who detests all things Earthling. I found the main characters enjoyable and well thought-out, but the supporting cast read a bit one-dimensional.
World Building: Painting a world superior to our own, Author A.B. Whelan creates a fresh landscape for sci-fi fans. The technology and science are believable yet exciting and new. I especially appreciated social commentary throughout. Faith-starved Earth is compared with the more evolved God-fearing Arkana. Also, war is an ever-present concern for Arkana, while Earth seems to focus on the bottom line of resources and profit. Main character Molly is presented both sides, and will ultimately have to choose a side (although not in this first book!)
Writing Style: Whelan’s writing is straight-forward and easy to follow. I felt the story held a nice pace with sufficient tension and intrigue at crucial points.
What I Liked: I enjoyed the PG-13 romance between Molly and Victor, something very uncommon in today’s books. I appreciate the build of their friendship – actually falling in love the way it would really happen.
Deal Benders: The supporting cast could use more development, and I would like to see more explanation in the next installment in regards to where Arkana came from. Holding too many secrets back makes things more confusing than mysterious.
Overall Rating: I give this book 4 stars, as I really liked it as a whole. Can’t wait to read the next one!
For Fans Of: Any YA Sci-Fi / romance

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