[Review] Spectacle

Friday, July 6, 2018

Title: Spectacle

Series: The Spectacle Trilogy #1

Author: SJ Pierce

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published: February 24, 2018

Source: Copy provided by Voracious Readers Only

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Avatar meets Gladiator in this spellbinding Young Adult, Science-Fiction series by bestselling author S.J. Pierce.

Two hundred years after the Great Disaster, the day earthquakes ravaged Earth's landscapes, humanity has finally regrouped and is working toward a better future. But in New America - one of three remaining landmasses - overpopulation makes a better future seem bleaker by the year.

Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos: blue markings develop on people's skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.

Mira's dad is one of them.
Spectacle, Part One is the beginning of a three-part series. Suitable for ages fourteen and up.
I found Spectacle through VRO and while the cover may look like an amateur photoshop job, the summary drew me in. This is exactly why I stopped judging a book by its cover too, because I would have missed an opportunity to read a good book.
Combined with elements from Avatar and a bit of The Hunger Games, we follow Mirabella, a young woman whose life is thrown into chaos after the outbreak of people developing markings on them and finds her own father is one of those people. I'd describe Mira as an average type of main character, meaning that they weren't too emotional nor were they described as "strong" in the sense of personality. She thinks with her heart more than her head in most situations and I would describe her as a motherly type of character despite her age.
As for the supporting characters, most of them are pretty solid. They were all believable enough to sculpt a good story that keeps the readers interested. The romantic interest was extremely subtle, which I admired considering the fact that I've been getting a bit loathsome of all these insta-love relationships I see plaguing the Young Adult genre.
The plot is your usual good vs evil / conspiracy / dystopian type and its pace is quick -- a bit too quick, to be honest. Just as things were heating up, the book ended. I believe the book is around 140 pages (according to Goodreads), making for a fast, but enjoyable read.
While there's nothing monumental about the book that I can talk about without revealing something, it was still a fun read and it kept me interested. I do want to read more and look forward to reading the next installment of the series, but I also hope that the future books are larger in size. 140 pages is too little for something like this and I hate short reads when they're good like this one is.

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