Author: T.J. & M.L. Wolf
Genre: Science Fiction
First Published: 2016
Page Count: 333
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of The Survival Trilogy
This book may have a great sci-fi premise, but the story is not executed well enough to take the plot to its full potential.
*Grammatical Errors *Chaotic Plot *No Suspense
“Survival dares to take the lonely road.” Una has been called back by an old family friend to the Hopi reservation where she grew up. The U.S. Army has taken a sudden interest in an area that the residents of the reservation consider sacred and Una has been asked to come help protect this ancient site. However, her mission to protect the site will force her to confront a terrifying encounter from her childhood that may be connected to the mysterious findings inside the ancient site that has the army so intrigued.
The premise of this book was really exciting and different. I have yet to come across a book that ties Native American culture with the idea of ancient aliens. There are some who believe that aliens visited the first civilizations and helped them develop new technology to make their lives easier. This concept meshes perfectly with the mystery and folklore behind Native American culture. I haven’t read any other books linking these two ideas so I was very interested in seeing what this book had to offer.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that take away from the potential this story had. My biggest issue was that the story had no sense of suspense because every obstacle that challenged the character was easily overcome. Stalked by a mysterious being? Una and her group of friends skate through the encounter completely unscathed. Labyrinth of passages to traverse? Una and her group never get lost and reach their destination in perfect time. Una needs to question a general of the U.S. army about what they want with the ancient site? No problem; Una, a civilian, is easily allowed into a classified, presumably top-secret, area to meet the general. The plot is chaotic in what occurs including my least favorite moment of the book which put me over the edge. At one point, Una and a character suddenly establish a romantic relationship which comes literally out of thin air. There is no hint of chemistry between the two before that moment and seems to go against who we’ve known the male character to be this entire book.
There is still a good premise between these pages but I just could not get behind some of the choices made with the plot. More time needed to be spent overcoming the challenges the main character faced so that it gives the plot a greater sense of urgency. And if there has to be a romantic aspect to the story, this needs to be developed so that it doesn’t feel like it is just being thrown in for the sake of having romance in the story. With a few grammatical errors added to the mix, this book just did not live up to my expectations.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.