Friday, April 18, 2014

Review ~ The Scourge by AG Henley

TITLE: The Scourge
AUTHOR: A.G. Henley
TYPE: young adult/ebook
PAGES: 242
SERIES:  yes #1 in the Brilliant Darkness series
1. The Scourge
1.5 The Keeper
2. The Definance

I actually thought about reading The Keeper first b/c it sounded interesting then I have this OCD thing that requires I read books in order so I had to start with this one.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. 

And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone. 

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's. 

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. 

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.

I find that I am really struggling with writing this review. First off it wasn’t a bad book, but at the same time I felt like I rolled my eyes a gawd awful lot while reading. You have a blind water girl who can go walking through zombies without any trouble due to her blindness. But just in case we have a keeper that shoots any of the zombies that come near her. Add to it if she falls asleep they try to eat her. Her keeper likes to tell on her yet secretly yearns for her. The council hates that she does something decent to another group of people so they punish her by sending her out to get water all alone. SCREW YOU, don’t like what I did get your own damn water since it’s me or the old chick who isn’t sticking up for me. So peace love and chicken wings is how I apparently would’ve acted but since I’m not a scared, blinded, 17 year old I guess I will just do as I’m told and sleep with the damn zombies knowing I will die and you will have no water bearer any longer *insert eye roll*.
Don’t get me started on the race issue… oh you have dark skin born to a white family oh darn let’s send you down to be a groundling cause only dark skinned babies live on the ground. White or light skin well guess what they can live in the trees away from all danger, but apparently have no way to store water or gather it when the zombies are about *insert eye roll*
Don’t fall in love with your keeper (so let’s fall in love with our keeper)
Good night it was like this the whole time
Oh and let me know forget that when we finally learn the whole stinking premise of what the damn scourge/zombies are *insert MAJOR EYE ROLL* seriously?! Seriously?!
I pretty much skimmed after that.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
pass time to move on

Goodreads grade: 2 stars

Would you recommend this book? no

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