Sunday, June 10, 2012

Review: Point of Origin by Amanda Havard

Title: Point of Origin
Author: Amanda Harvard
Hardback: 319 Pages
Publisher: Chafie Press
Date Published: June 12, 2012
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The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming.

One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors’ City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.

The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie’s quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters’ wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick’s warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family’s history even as the elders’ grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors’ beginning just in time to face her end.

If you haven’t already, I’d look take a looksie at my review for The Survivors.

This book certainly picks up where The Survivors left off, headed right into the thick of the story. We start off with Sadie and the Winters family in Montana in the Survivors’ City where Sadie is basically hated by everyone. While I’ve certainly read this kind of situation, doesn’t mean I like it any of the times. One person being vilified by a town (or usually a high school) makes me angry on a primordial level. I understand the why, doesn’t mean I personally like it.

From here, we head into a decidedly more adolescent kind of novel than the first book. Not that this is a bad thing, after all, I do read YA 95% of the time. Of course the tonal shift makes sense, before in the outside world Sadie was an adult and could be as aloof as she wanted, but being at home reverts her back into the adolescent stage (as it makes ANY adult when they’re around their parents again). Annoyingly, this is reinforced when Sadie learns about some of the secrets the Elders have been keeping and then is chided when she argues that a perceived outsider knew when she didn’t. Both adult and teenager me were frustrated. And Lizzie? Gah! I would have thought if there was one person who wouldn’t have made Sadie feel like an outsider, it would have been her, but alas.

After a long building beginning we finally head off into the wild blue yonder, leave Montana and get some action. YAY! I was quite happy cause we get away from the cloying feeling of the small town and into the world. Only then, Everett becomes a bit of an ass. Thank god, Sadie doesn’t dwell on this too much because, well, there’s Mark. Not in a relationship-y way, a brotherly way, which is good because I want Mark for myself.

Sadly, I can’t go into specifics after this point because I am so anti-spoilers, but when I say the action really starts, it doesn’t stop until you see the word “list” (the last word of the book). It raises the stakes and creates hair-pulling intrigue and I hope in currently untitled Book Three we see more of it and hopefully Sadie won’t freak out and run as she does a few times in this one.

And I have to wait a year? Hmm. I must finagle myself onto that blog tour.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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