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Today I have my ARC book review of Lia, Human of Utah, by Greg Ramsey.
A huge Thank You to Netgalley, for allowing me to read Lia, Human of Utah in exchange for an honest review.
This in no way has impacted my review.
Trigger Warning: Murder, Fighting, Blood, Terrorist Attack mention, Loss of a Child mention, Grief.
In the year 2342, Lia wakes up to a nightmarish world where the remnants of mankind have mutated into ravaging monsters. Alone and hunted, she struggles to remember who she is and what happened to civilization.
She cannot run forever. But when she turns on her hunters, the mutation takes her over violently. Now she must fight to maintain her humanity and uncover the terrible truth behind the apocalyptic infection—before the beast within her takes over and seals her fate forever.
Who is she? What is she? The fate of Earth hinges on the answers. And even all her courage may not be enough when the moment of truth arrives.
Release date: September 1, 2017.
Let me start things off with saying that I hyped up this book way more than I should have. There were so many things that completely fell flat from my expectations.
Lets start off with what I liked: the fighting scenes. One of the better things that went on in this duology, the fighting scenes were the only scenes where I felt like I was transported into the story, fighting as the character. However, even then there were a lot of moments where I was reminded that I was reading.
In the first book (since this edition of Lia, Human of Utah has two books within it), the beginning of this duology had a strong start. In fact, I dare say that the first book completely lived up to my expectations.
There was just enough mystery surrounding the circumstances that Lia, the main character was in that I wanted to continue reading. I was so freaking intrigued, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. And another bright side to the first book was that the plot and pace of the story kept me from even trying to guess what would happen next.
And what happened next (throughout the first and parts of the second book) were something that, if I had guessed at, I wouldn’t have made the right guesses.
So for the first book, I definitely enjoyed most of it.
What I didn’t like about Lia, Human of Utah is the narrative that we read from. It’s a detached view point that we read from which, honestly for the most part wrecked the book for me. Only when there was a fighting scene did I feel like I was not reading a book.
What took me completely by surprise was the utter chaos that makes up the 80% of the second book that I read. Yes, I only read about 70-80% of the second book of this duology.
And honestly? I hated it. The plot made no point at all, and I only kept reading because I wanted to know if the story got better, and I wanted to know if the chaos that ensued would end. I got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore, and just decided to put Lia, Human of Utah down.
I’m giving Lia, Human of Utah, 1 star.
There’s so much more that this story; Lia’s story, could have been. I will admit that my imagination of what I thought the story could have been got to the better of me. I completely hyped this book up in my head more –abundantly– than I should have.
Have you read Lia, Human of Utah? If yes, what did you think of it? If you haven’t read this book, do you think you will?
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