Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review

Tethered Twins
by Mike Essex

Disclaimer:  I received a free ebook copy of this title from the author through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

Yeah.  Unfortunately I did NOT enjoy this novel.  The book description sounded very promising, and I've recently enjoyed reading What's Left of Me, which was similar in that it was also a dystopian novel focused on twin connections.  But this one just didn't work out for me. 

The Cover
It's pretty.  I'm not sure what all those moons have to do with everything.  It sort of gives the vibe that some of this book takes place in space, but it doesn't.  The photo of the connected twins is nice.  It has an allusion to their mental connection.  However, the main character has a twin brother, not sister, so it's a little confusing.

Amazon Description
A gripping dystopian adventure set in an alternate future where every baby is born with a twin, sharing a psychic link from birth. The only catch; if your twin dies you die too.

When Emmie Keyes lives through every agonising moment of her brother's death she knows with certainty that her life is over. Despite the inevitability of imminent death she unexplainably cheats fate and survives.

Devastated by the loss of her brother and unsure why she was spared, Emmie sets out to discover the truth. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her track down the most powerful man in the world with one goal in mind; finding the truth.

In the first part of this destiny changing trilogy, Emmie finds herself questioning every loyalty she has ever known including the trust of her friends and those she loves. She challenges the very fundamentals of her broken society in her quest to find out why she survived.

In this action packed debut novel that is adrenaline soaked from the very first page you will uncover the truth behind the Tethers that bind Emmie's world with shocking revelations and mind bending twists along the way.

Things I Liked
  • Really, not much.  The action started immediately, which made the first two chapters a quick read, but then there was just more and more and more action with not enough back story and not enough establishment of the setting and characters.

Things I Didn't Like
  • Essex felt the need to do a standard physical description every time we met a new character.  This probably wouldn't have been so annoying if it weren't for the fact that the description was usually coming from a character that already knew the person they were describing, meaning they wouldn't normally be thinking in their own head how their boyfriend has hair that's "a very dark brown, almost black in colour and it rose up in the middle and spiralled down either side..."
  • There was also similar descriptions of all the outfits.
  • Emmie seemed to frequently forget that her twin brother had just been murdered and she had seen the whole thing in her mind.  She would often have side discussions about makeup and other things while she was trying to hide from his murderers.
  • Emmie's BFF nicknames her "Emzie."  Isn't "Emmie" already a nickname?  Does it need to be shortened further?
  • Characters often know certain details before they should because there hasn't been time to tell them yet.  This could probably be easily explained by suggesting that phone calls with plot details were made to those characters or that information was given by the head of this underground organization that's been following Emmie forever.
  • Secret "terrorist" organizations should not give out business cards.
  • There was just a lot of action without a lot of explanation.


...the reporter continued but Chris was in no mood for musical cats.

 "One more thing," said the guard.  "We're looking for a missing journalist in the building.  She had blonde hair, a short figure, blue eyes, around a C cup bra size."  He motioned with his hands the bra size.

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