Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Released by Megan Duncan

Author: Megan Duncan
Pages: 260
Publisher: Amazon Createspace
Genre: YA Post-Apocolyptic
Reading Level: 14 years old+
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After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.
I first saw Released on Goodreads, and then contacted Megan for the possibility of reviewing it, and I'm so glad she said yes! This book isn't at all what I expected, it was much darker and grittier, and much more intense.

The entire novel was a whirlwind of action and suspense. There was a lot of demon killing and all of the characters were in major survival mode the entire time. I liked Abby, she was kick ass and tough. Carter and Max were good characters too, although they didn't feel as fleshed out as Abby.

Plot-wise, while it was full of nasty ol' demons, I didn't feel as though it was very balanced. Like, we got from point A to point B, with a slight detour at Point A-and-a-half, but there wasn't really much... what's the word I'm looking for...... variety, I think. But it was a good plot and concept. I also didn't feel like it was fully resolved at the ending, so I'm really hoping there's a sequel!

I feel as though it could have used a bit more editing though, as the grammar was incorrect in some places, and overall it could have flowed better. But it's nothing that can't be improved upon with a little work.

I really enjoyed reading it, and it was a relatively quick read, which was good. The cover is awesome, very intriguing!I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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