Hey everyone! I have another review for you today, and this is a review copy that was sent to me by the author, in exchange for my thoughts and opinions! Thank you thank you for choosing me! I’ll have all her social media handles and other links at the end of this post so please keep on reading 🙂
“Like the rest, we were by nature the children of wrath”
Washington, D. C. — In the year 2041, a terrorist group called the Mujahedeen has successfully launched an attack by dropping “bombs” from across the skies, all over the United States, causing the death of millions of people and the suffering of the rest of the population. Dr. Ethan King, an Infectious Disease specialist will be one of the doctors to help during the rescue operations, after the gasses – later named Obcasus – released by the bombs had people everywhere in seizures, keeling over. Anyone who didn’t perish, was left in a horrible, debilitating condition that made them unable to control their bodily functions and a complete lack of dopamine in the brain, causing severe depression which causes them to resort to suicide.
Fast forward to 2046, everyone else who were virtually unharmed, or were saved in time started having their own families, their own children. Thus came the Inexorables, children born to mothers who were previously exposed to Obcasus, causing a mutation on their pregnancies which turns the fetus into humans void of emotions, only rage and extreme violence that families start getting killed left and right by their children. Ethan, one day, sees a toddler – an Inex, as they call them – huddled in front of his parked car, almost frozen to death, and decides to take him home.
This turns into a race to find the truth about these children, and a way to cure them as the government tries to shut him and his discoveries down. It is a story of choosing between the lesser of two evils, and how sometimes, even if the whole world is telling you no, you must learn to say yes.
“Lapis was the visible universe, the observable, the truth. So he named me that, and considered me a completed artwork, so to say.”
So, thoughts? First of all, I loved how bleak but also how close the story is to reality. It made me think how much of a tough pill it is to swallow that humans can be such cruel, horrible creatures. In this world, because of the damage that Obcasus caused to the brains of these children, I can understand the fear that everyone started having towards them. It was clearly shown in the book that there were lots of horrific incidents that caused families dead after their Inex toddlers or kids went on a killing spree because they thought it funny. They opened up these Assistance Centers where they ‘help’ the kids by euthanizing them. Understandable, yes, but how far are you willing to go to tell yourself they’re not human at all to justify the murders?
Ethan King, after he took home Arthur, the Inex, battled immensely with this thought. They knew scientifically, that they are still human, DNA wise, and it’s only of some brain scarring that they start to turn like monsters. Of course him, his wife Liz, and Arthur starts forming a bond together which makes for a good dilemma throughout the story. I loved how human Ethan and Liz are. How thoroughly plagued they get about killing the boy, as the story progresses. Ethan is not the best husband by any stretch, but the marriage of the couple and how strong it is made me admire them so much, and empathize with them with every twist and turn.
The way Arthur was written admittedly gave me the chills sometimes, throughout the book. Imagine a four year old boy, old enough to run and move, who occasionally gets this dead, soulless eyes whilst trying to stab you with everything because he likes the color red and how squishy eyeballs are. Yep, kid came straight from hell alright. Some scenes gave me so much anxiety I either had to skim it or close the book temporarily because it was too much. This book was well written and I love it.
My only caveat, albeit a small one, is the fact that as the story reaches its climax, Liz, the wife, seems to be waay too easily swayed to accepting every new problem thrown at her. She never really had a mental breakdown of some sorts and even when Ethan was obviously hiding explanations from her, she always seems to be composed. More composed than expected anyways. I know humans can be resilient and there are exceptionally good ones too. But the story runs for about a year, maybe even more and in the end, when all the shit hits the fan and I’m expecting Liz to be hysterical or close to it, she’s not. Humans have breaking points, and whilst I’m no psychologist, all the problems that started happening to them were no small ones and was sure to cause someone severe mental distress. Just my two cents.
Overall, I loved this book. It was witty, funny, heart breaking and straight up creepy sometimes. I thoroughly ended up rooting for Ethan throughout the whole book, which doesn’t always happen to me with dystopian because they always have a point where they get unreasonable. Thank goodness this story didn’t have that. Do I recommend this book? 100% yes. I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi and dystopian books because they make me feel hopeless and depressed but this one I read without qualms. I knew what was coming in the end but it felt like an appropriate conclusion to this book so I can let it go.
This is the first books of an upcoming trilogy and I highly, highly urge you to grab a copy and read it for yourself! Share it with a friend! Tell it to everybody! This was such a fun read and I actually plan on grabbing the next book in the series, Soldiers of Salem.
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Have you read any good dystopians lately? GIMME SOME RECS PEOPLE. I’ll try to look at them in a more positive way so they don’t become the crux of my existence. I don’t want to miss out on the good ones by not learning how dissociate from the story lol also, how are your arcs doing? Been putting a dent on them already? Comment down below, let’s chat!
Lots of love,