Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DNF Review - The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1) by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1)
Author: Rin Chupeco
Pages: 496
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 15th October 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. 

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. 

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

My Review:
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss*

- DNF at 27% -

The world of Aeon has been ruled by twin goddesses for generations. Seventeen years ago, the world stopped spinning when one sister betrayed the other.

Ever since, Aeon has been divided in two, with one half of the planet in constant darkness, and the other half in never-ending blistering sunlight.

Each half of the world is ruled by one of the sisters who keep the betrayal that caused the world to change secret.

Odessa and Haidee, the daughters of the sisters, both encounter strange beings and find themselves on paths that will lead them to the Great Abyss where the betrayal took place.

Can Odessa and Haidee save Aeon?

The concept of the book intrigued me and I really liked the idea of the daughters of the two rulers embarking on a quest to save their world where life was being threatened by what was essentially climate change. However, I ended up not enjoying The Never Tilting World, which was a shame.

The characters were ok, but I didn't connect with them and struggled to care what happened to them.

There are four points of view, but I felt like that was too many. Two would have worked better for me.

My favourite thing about the book was the diversity.

I wasn't a fan of the romance. I couldn't feel the connection between the characters.

The setting was interesting, especially the city surrounded by encroaching glaciers/ice.

The plot was ok, but I really struggled to stay interested in what was happening.

Unfortunately, this was a book where the writing style, plot and characters didn't speak to me and I decided to stop reading rather than force myself to continue on.

Unfortunately, this wasn't for me.


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