[Review] Last Light Falling

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Title: Last Light Falling

Series: The Covenant #1

Author: J.E. Plemons

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

Published: March 5, 2014

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man's soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, famine, and an economic collapse, which has rendered the nation hopeless. It has turned to other nations, like Russia and China, to help restore what was once a world power. Unfortunately, the new America has grossly caused civil unrest that will eventually be the precursor to a much bigger war of biblical proportions.

Orphaned at the age of nine, Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, have learned to rely on each other through the toughest times. Not only do they share the same birthday and the tragic loss of their parents, they both have a birthmark on the back of their necks in the shape of a crucifix. This is only but a small sign of the destiny that will follow. On their fifteenth birthday, they receive a mystery letter and key from their estranged Uncle Finnegan. This key will unlock their fate, and it will be up to a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, to unfold the layers of their destiny-to undo the evil that has spoiled the world, and to help unleash God's wrath upon those who have turned from Him in the last days of history.

Last Light Falling weaves righteousness with evil, treachery with truth, and shows just how far the will of man can survive on faith alone. Arena and Gabriel's fate will determine that course of history for which has already been written. They were not born to save the world; they were chosen to prepare it for the final days.
Thank God it's over. 

Okay, it wasn't that bad. Last Light Falling was a very promising story that personally fell through with me. Happening upon this title on NetGalley, I was immediately "sold" on it from the amazing book cover and the gripping summary. I just couldn't wait to read it.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the story I thought it would be. I'm not saying I thought it would be completely different, but I expected a lot more than what I was given. Let me first start off by saying a lot of things happened way too fast. I mean, you already make an enemy on day one of being at your new school, and already "fall in love" and kiss this boy you literally just met. I understand the whole insta-love thing happens in a majority of books dominating the shelves at bookstores, but this took it to a whole new level. 

One thing that really needs to happen for me to love a book is an emotional attachment to the characters. It doesn't have to be the main character... just any character. I have to say that there was literally 0 attachment to all of the characters. Literally. None. I couldn't care less about the losses Arena went through or anything bad she went through. In scenes where I felt a reader should have felt emotion, there was none. The only thing I felt was anger towards how contradictory the main character, Arena was. She would talk about how she shouldn't judge anyone and how she won't, yet in the very beginning of the book, she makes her enemies and instead of using empathy to wonder why they were being rude in the first place, she just decides it's up to her to get vengeance. 

Speaking of emotional connections, Arena seemed to lack basic emotions. If you kill someone for the first time, you don't cry for .5 seconds before being okay with it. It takes a lot of hatred, rage, and emotional numbness to even continue killing people soon after your first kill. 

The story seemed unrealistic, forced, and just thrown at us. I really wanted to love this but with the lack of emotional attachment, the unrealistic scenarios, and the fast-paced scenes, it only proved to be a "half-assed" story with tons of potential to become an amazing book screaming at the author for not being taken advantage of. The action was beautiful and I believe that if the author took their time to show and not tell, I would have been immersed in it like we should be. 

As for the ending, it brings up the possibility for more books, though it just seems as if the story itself has reached its end only because I feel that if we continued down the same route, it'd be the same story just different settings and people. I can't say I'd read the next book if/when it comes out because frankly, I don't think I want to subject myself to it again. 

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