The Pearl Wars by Nick James
Copy Courtesy of Flux
Release Date: September 8, 2011
Earth relies on the energy of the Pearls to survive after multiple cataclysmic attacks take place. Jesse is a rather inept Skyship Academy student, and Cassius is a much beloved Surface Pearlhound in training. When their paths cross, unexplained powers emerge, and well, the Pearls will take on a whole new meaning.
I wanted to like this book because it promised to be a romance-light sci-fi/action heavy book. While it did deliver those parts of it, I didn't develop much of an emotional connection with Jesse or Cassius (the latter of whom had a very self-important, holier-than-thou attitude which made me want to smack him).
Jesse, I think, had more 'screen' time, and his motivations were better revealed. There just didn't seem to be enough back story and/or maybe it was just that he didn't seem to have anything that was important to him even while he's moving full speed toward his goal.
The premise was intriguing while the world-building was decent though not spectacular, but what I have perceived as weak characterization is perhaps a big part of why the revelations felt less poignant. Granted I thought Maze Runner (the author's book who is the prominent blurb-er for this one) was pretty weak on characterization too, and I'm guessing this one is supposed to appeal to that audience, so you may want to check it out for yourself.
Star Rating: 2.5/5.0
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