Blog Tour Book Review: Subject A36 (R&R Book Tours)
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone,
I don’t know about you, but I plan on some serious relaxation later. I’m single, so luckily I can just pamper myself and not think about anything else for a while.
Monday through Thursday was something of a busy nightmare for me, so I’m really excited about my four-day weekend with today and Monday off.
Anywho, today’s post is a special blog tour book review of Subject A36 by Teri Polen, hosted by R&R Book Tours.
If you’ve kept up with some of my posts, then you already know that I love Teri Polen’s work. The Gemini Connection and Sarah were two great five star books I immensely enjoyed.
So when R&R book tours reached out to me about Subject A36, I said gimme, gimme, gimme!
Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Visit her online at http://www.teripolen.com
If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?
Residents of the Colony would. And do.
Only the Insurgents can stop them.
Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.
He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.
Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.
Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.
I gave this novel four rebellious stars!
I love my dystopian novels, and this one was a lot of great fun!
We join Asher and the rebellion he works with called the Insurgents. A community named The Colony has figured out a way to eradicate disease, but they have darker intentions. The residents of The Colony have found a way to strip desirable traits from others and apply it to themselves. Sounds pretty cool, huh? Well, it kills the person whose genes are stripped. Yeah, not so cool anymore.
Asher and his closest friends run one of the Insurgent locations, rescuing bands of kidnapped free people, risking their lives every mission. Can they thwart The Colony’s evil plans, or do they have an even darker fate prepared for the Insurgents?
I’m a big fan of Teri Polen’s work and have read every novel she’s written to date. While I didn’t give this five stars, I still had a ton of fun, and realistically, not every book can be a five-star.
So first things first, I really liked the characters. Asher, Oz, Brynn, Paige, etc. They were all great. Each character has a troubled past, courtesy of the greedy Colony. Their awful pasts make their actions make a lot of sense. Heck, I’d be an Insurgent if my family was taken away from me and stripped of their genes just so some rich dude can have blue eyes or athletic ability.
That’s the monsters these characters are battling day in and day out, so I found this aspect of the book particularly strong.
The plot was really interesting. At first we follow along several raids of Colony holding locations, and I really loved the action there. Teri Polen never bores me. As the novel progresses, things get more interesting and we learn there is a lot more to things than meets the eye (not spoiling it!).
Of course, the concept was truly there too. As I said before, I love dystopians. This wasn’t your perfect future dystopian, well maybe for the Colony residents it is. But we spend most of our time on the other side, of the unfortunate victims and that was unique and entertaining.
As I mentioned before, this book wasn’t perfect for me. If I had to pick at anything, I would say the main things that could’ve been just a tad better were the flashbacks and pacing.
There is a good amount of flashbacks in this novel, and sometimes, I feel like it could’ve been better placed at a time when the action isn’t happening. It’s just personal preference. I actually have no problem with flashbacks in books, and I felt that what we were given was crucial to understand the characters more. This tied into the pacing of things. Honestly that’s really my only big irk.
By the end of the book, I couldn’t wait to see what happens next. So excited for the next one!
Ultimately, Subject A36 was a fun, action-packed dystopian that explores what could happen when we covet other’s naturally-given traits. Definitely worth a read!
That’s A Wrap!
Thanks so much for stopping by for this special Jaunts & Haunts post! I hope you enjoyed your time here, and thank you R&R Book Tours for making all of this happen!
If you’d like to check out Teri Polen’s work, you can find out more at the links below, as well as other participants in the blog tour.
Thanks again, and happy reading!
Author’s Social Media Links
B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
Sophril Reads (Spotlight) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com
My Bookish Blitz (Review) http://www.mybookishbliss.com
The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com
Lunarian Press (Spotlight) https://www.lunarianpress.com/
The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Tranquil Dreams (Spotlight) https://klling.wordpress.com/
James J. Cudney (Review) https://thisismytruthnow.com/
The Bookworm Drinketh (Spotlight) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/
Didi Oviatt (Spotlights) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com
Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com
Life’s a Novelty (Review) https://lifesanovelty.blogspot.com/
Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1
Misty’s Book Space (Review) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
Rea’s Reads (Review) https://reasreads.wordpress.com/
On the Shelf Reviews (Spotlight) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com
Reads & Reels (Review) http://readsandreels.com
Port Jerricho (Spotlight) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com
Cocktails & Fairy Tales (Spotlight) https://www.facebook.com/CocktailsFairytales
Jaunts & Haunts (Review) https://jonathanpongratz.com/
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
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A four-star read is still pretty darn good. Thanks for sharing your review, Jonny!
Yeah, totally! Always welcome friend!
Thanks so much for helping promote Subject A36, Jonny – I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful long weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks Teri, I had a lot of fun!
Happy Valentine’s to you too!