Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tallas by Cathrina Constantine

Title:  Tallas
Author:  Cathrina Constantine
Published:  Feb 1/14 by Black Opal Books
Length:  310pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  dystopian
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a decimated world, setting foot outside the protected village of Tallas is certain death—or so they say. Mutations caused by those in the wilderness have plagued Tallas’s citizens—or so they say…

For Doogan and Keeyla their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. And when their young son, Fabal, is given a very dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But when they are ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keeyla and Fabal escape, she is severely injured. Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan getaway from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the terrible legends about the monsters beyond the walls of Tallas true?

My Review:

Constantine sucked my in right from the first page of this one. Her brilliant descriptions and gripping narrative tell a well laid out story that won`t let you go. Constantine is a visually descriptive author who builds entire worlds with her words. As a reader you cannot help but picture them. She wraps this all up in a captivating & well developed plot that won`t let you go.

The characters in this novel are quite memorable. I enjoy the fact that, while not out of the ordinary, they definitely stand out. This allows you to get to know them on a much more intimate level as you can identify with them. Each character is individually developed, which is nice to see, rather than group development. The main characters become like individuals you`ve met. The supporting cast is quite well developed as well. Constantine leaves nothing to chance with her characters. Also, the characters` names add to their memorability. They`re unique & different without being hard to remember or decipher.

As a whole this was a very enjoyable read. I definitely had a hard time putting this novel down. This is a brilliant YA dystopian novel that will appeal to dystopian fans of all ages.

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