*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I don’t think there was anything particularly wrong with this book, and other people may enjoy it, but I just couldn’t really get into it.
There were still some things I liked though. I was really excited for this book because I always get excited when I find sci-fi/fantasy about characters with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and this protagonist had one of his legs amputated. What made it even better was that the story was in no way about his amputation, it was simply a story… and oh yeah, the protagonist just happened to have a prosthetic leg. He still had the same crazy adventure any person would’ve had, just with a bit of an added struggle sometimes.
There was also a pretty unique story involving aliens and yetis. I had never read about yetis, so it was neat having one be a side character in this story. And there was lots of action, what with the characters being chased, being attacked, scheming, fighting bad guys in order to stop their evil plans, etc.
One of the problems though was that I just didn’t feel anything toward the characters. Well, I disliked Angela because of how vague and mysterious she was instead of just explaining things. The rest though, they weren’t dislikeable or too perfect or anything extreme, but I feel like I didn’t get to know them well enough. I was also a bit put off by the instalove, but the focus wasn’t on the romance, so that wasn’t a huge problem.
Another problem I had was that I had a hard time picturing everything. I felt so lost as to what the settings looked like and what was actually happening in some scenes. It might’ve been the writing, or it might’ve just been me. My brain may have been too distracted to focus properly, or it could’ve had to do with how unfamiliar I was with those particular settings. For example, there was this whole action scene on a subway, but I’ve only been on a subway once in my life. For another example, a lot of scenes took place in a cathedral, and there was a rectory, a sancristy, and all these other words and rooms that I had no idea what they looked like or what the layout of the buildings would be like. (Just a note, the book wasn’t religious, that was just where some things took place.)
The last main problem I had was that having four POVs and having them jump around the way they did added to the action-y feel, but it didn’t seem quite necessary and made it harder for me to get into the scenes.
As I said though, there wasn’t anything necessarily bad about this book, just things that weren’t quite for me. I think anyone who likes action, big bad villains (albeit with an actual motivation), conspiracies, and plot-focused books may enjoy it more!
Anyone who wants to read a story about an amputee main character that focuses on the action rather than on his disability. Anyone who likes plot-focused, action-packed science fiction/alien books.
Applegate Bogdanski returns from Vietnam with a missing leg, a Purple Heart, and an addiction to morphine. He stumbles through each day, looking forward to nothing and hoping it will arrive soon. When he attempts to thwart a crime, he is knocked unconscious and wakes up to discover that people are once again calling him a hero, though he feels undeserving of the praise.
Apple returns to work and meets Angela, a mysterious woman who claims to be his guardian. Immediately, he feels a connection to her, which morphs into an attraction. But he soon discovers that Angela is much more than she seems.
Apple and Angela are swept up in a conspiracy that stretches through time and space. Together, they must fight to save everything they hold dear from an alien race bent on destroying humanity.