Title: Rook (Brodge & Sword: Awakenings #1)
Author: J.C. Andrijeski
Publication date: April 22nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction
From USA TODAY bestselling author, a psychic warfare alternative history set in a gritty version of Earth. Contains strong romantic elements – a book in the Bridge & Sword World. Apocalyptic. Psychic Romance.
“You are the Bridge…”
Allie Taylor lives in a world populated by seers, a second race discovered on Earth at the beginning of the 20th Century. Psychic, hyper-sexual and enslaved by governments, corporations and wealthy humans, seers are an exotic fascination to Allie, but one she knows she’ll likely never encounter, given how rich you have to be to get near one.
Then a strange man shows up at her work –– then another –– and pretty soon Allie finds herself on the run from the law, labeled a terrorist and in the middle of a race war she didn’t even know existed. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious and uncommunicative Revik, Allie discovers her blood may not be as “human” as she always thought, and the world of seers might not be quite as distant as she always imagined.
When Revik tells her she’s the Bridge, a mystical being meant to usher in the evolution of humanity––or possibly its extinction––Allie must choose between the race that raised her and the one where she might truly belong.
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect with this story. It definitely sounded intriguing from the summary, though as I’ve been trying to push myself out of my typical reading wheelhouse, this fell into the category of something I’d maybe reach for. Science Fiction has always intrigued me.
Allie is an interesting character. With the struggling artist vibe and a bit of mystery, we’re thrown into her life right away. Her best friend, Cass, and her brother, Jon, are introduced right away and we’re sort of thrust in without too much description. The dialogue provides enough back story to get an idea of what the world is like from the beginning so we can jump into the action pretty quickly.
While I enjoyed this story, I wanted to know more. Being put right in the story meant we didn’t have as much to go on in terms of backstory. At times, the dialogue felt forced, as well.
Overall, this was definitely an interesting story with some great direction. It’s great for someone who enjoys the post-apocalyptic, science fiction style. I don’t think I would read more in this series, but that shouldn’t keep another reader who is intrigued from reading. There’s a lot of thought-provoking plot in this story, and the characters are diverse and dynamic.
The Final Countdown
Characterization – 3/5 Stars
Dialogue– 3/5 Stars
Plot – 4/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 3/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 2.5/5
Ending – 3/5 Stars
Total: 3/5 Stars
JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in Bangkok, Thailand.
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