Friday, April 22, 2011

Review - Rook: Allie's War (Book One) by JC Andrijeski

Rook: Allie's War: Book One (Volume 1)
ISBN-10: 1456548689
ISBN-13: 978-1456548681
Page Count: 408
Copyright: 2011

Book Summary:
(Taken from back of book)

Twenty-eight-year-old San Francisco native, Allie Taylor, knew she had issues…but she at least thought she was human. In her version of modern day Earth, a second race of human-like beings called seers were discovered in Asia in the early 1900s. Since then, they have fought in two world wars and live alongside humans as second-class citizens.

So when Allie meets her first, real, flesh-and-blood seer, she's not exactly thrilled when he tells her that she's a seer like him. Not only that, but according to him, all the other seers believe she's going to end the world.

Worse, no matter what she does, everything that happens after that only seems to prove him right.

Charlie's Review:

Allie Taylor was raised believing she was a human, although she always felt something was different about her. She was aware that someone was following her, but had no idea that what that man wanted would change her life, and everything she thought she knew about her world. He refers to her as “The Bridge” and whisks her into a whole new world, where she is seen as a terrorist by humans, and believed by Sarks to be the one that will bring an end to the world.

Rook starts out strong, pulls you into a vortex, and leaves your head spinning! While this paperback is 396 pages, I finished it in 24 hours, hardly wanting to put it down. There are so many levels to this story: Eastern religion and mythology, mind numbing technology, good versus evil, alternate existence, and even a powerful love story. Overwhelmed at times by the description of the Barrier world, and flip-flopping between characters and worlds, I still clung to the action and found myself racing to the next page to see what would happen next.

Ms. Andrijeski paints pictures with words, allowing the reader to enter the world of the Seers. She gave depth to the characters and such strong chemistry between Allie and her guide, Revik, that it takes your breath away. With Rook being the first of a series, I will definitely be looking forward to the rest of the saga.

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