[Review] Vessel

Monday, February 15, 2016

Title: Vessel

Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

Published: May 26, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley.

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The sun exploded on April 18, 2112. It exploded in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen.
They had nineteen minutes.

Nineteen minutes until the geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, every satellite in their sky.

Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun.

Generations after solar storms have destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth and humans have reverted to a middle ages like existence, all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents and books are burned as heresy.

Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs.
Vessel is an intriguing story from the perspective of a disfigured slave in a world that believes the sun to have its own cognitive conscience... almost like a new type of God-figure after the world was flipped upside down, causing machines, technology, and electricity to fail.

A story of this nature is enjoyable and makes you think when written properly. Though this story was an entertaining one, it's just not good enough. As an avid reader, I look for books that can make me feel; books that can make me cry, be angry with another character, or feel completely elated for someone. Unfortunately, though I felt a small amount of pity for the main character, Alana and her lifestyle in the beginning, it seemed to lose its grip as we journeyed further into her story.

The organization in this book is basically the same as any when it comes to stories that deal with a new type of Earth or world where humans are struggling to survive. This brought upon a very predictable type of plot, making it easy for me to guess where it was all going.

In scenes where a reader should have been feeling sad or angry, I felt nothing and unfortunately, the ending was lackluster. It felt like an end, but not a very engaging or good one that satisfied me. The twist that came about towards the end was nothing surprising nor did it "blow your mind," in fact, it just seemed like something put in there to keep things interesting until the very last sentence, and though it was sort of an interesting direction, it only felt like it was dumped there for a desired "oh my goodness" reaction. However, this "oh my goodness" reaction never once came from me.

Though with all of the points I have made, the book was still good enough to keep me reading and I never once thought of DNFing it. The author has a lot of good potential and I look forward to giving the author another chance. The ending of this book did not really hint at a sequel, but the option is still there, so who knows?

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