Author: Daniel Gage
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
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Publisher: Vanquish Books
Release Date: 15th August 2015
SYNOPSIS: “It’s nothing personal. You’re just part of the transaction.”
Cameron Briggs always wondered what the strange birthmark on his shoulder meant. For his entire life, it seemed he was never meant to be anything special, that is, until the day it happened. Something dormant inside of him awoke.
In the near future, birthright theft is on the rise, a vast network of dealers offering desperate buyers the chance to steal a more desirable next life. Their power and influence is absolute, with little standing in their way. However, unexpected anomalies in the process endow unique abilities to their victims who, once identified, are offered one chance – to save our world or destroy it, one Unborn child at a time.
With the truth shrouded in conspiracy, Emma Jennings, a troubled but strong-minded young agent with a defiant reputation, is determined to prove these crimes exist. But in order to accomplish her goal, she’ll need to find the one victim who can turn the tide of her war.
Vanquish Books sent me an eBook copy in exchange of an honest review.
When I received this book I was a bit sceptical; the synopsis had intrigued me but I didn’t think I would enjoy the story. Now that I have read it, I can honestly say its one of the best Sci-Fi books I’ve read. It was full of fast paced action, interesting characters and had a well written world & plot.
The characters are the typical characters you would see in any Sci-fi action, they are all independently strong characters that form an unbeatable team when brough together. Cam, the protagonist, was personally my favourite charavcter. He was the underdog with nothing really going his way, yet he didn’t complain or give up. He continued his life they way it was because he had better things to worry about. I personally found him really insprining and extremely relatable; he felt realistic. Emma on the other hand, I found really irritating. She was always mentioning her work and horrible conditions she was in. It was as if she was waiting for every time she was able to slip in something annoying, she took it. Even though she was the only female character that took a main role, the story would have flowed better if Michael took her role as Agent. Dealer X was a fantastic addition to the already beautiful cast. He added a layer of intensity and drama the story demanded; it would have been lacking if her weren’t. His whole premise was exactly what you would be expecting from a story like this, yet it felt refreshing and new.
The whole concept of the Unborns and Benefactors was quite interesting to read. I haven’t read much Sci-Fi previously, but I’ve never come across something like this; Gage managed to create a completely unique idea. I loved how to characters, that could be on opposite sides of the world, were connected in such a way that every action caused either a positive or negative affect on the other. Cam and Alexandre, the partnership feature in the book, was prime example of this theory. Throughout Cam’s life he has had bad luck, forcing him into a life of crime, because of Alexandre. He has had an extremely good upbringing with luck and karma on his side. In a turn of events the scale in drastically tipped, forcing Cams luck into a steady incline, where as Alexandre’s the opposite.
The relationship shared between the two protagonists, Emma and Cam, was such a refreshing change. In most Young Adult stories, authors force a romantic relationship between the two, where as Gage hasn’t. There is some tension between them at times, I was inclined to love it, but their relationship isn’t forced unrealistically. They reminded me of a typical partnership that would be found in a crime show, they had serious chemistry. However, I am interested to see their relationship flourish and grow, whether it’s romantic or not.
The real problem I had, even though its minor, was the ending. I felt like the whole novel weas leading up to something wonderful and eventful, but when it was time I found the whole experience predictable and anti-climatic. It was as if Daniel Gage rushed the conclusion, because he didn’t want to give away to much of the next book (which is perfectly understandable) but I found it too be dry and lacking excitement.
Overall, Daniel gage has created an enticing and exhilarating read. This series will be fantastic and I can’t wait to see what path the next book takes, I’m sure it will be incredible either way. Unborn is a Sci-Fi series that I highly recommend to everyone, even if you don’t like the genre, I guarantee it will persuade you.