Title: The Unwanted
Author: Z.T. Soyoye
Date of publication: February 24th, 2020
Print length: Paperback, 260 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Action-Adventure, Fiction, Epic Fantasy
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Writing Quality 4/5, Character Development 3/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 3/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4/5.
A week ago, the author contacted me in the hope of giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read the description of ‘The Unwanted’ and found it interesting. The novel also was a great chance for me to diversify my shelf, so I was pretty happy about that too. It took me three days to finish, and I enjoyed reading it.
“Being weak isn’t something to be ashamed of”, he continued. “Staying weak is.”
The book was easy to read, and it can be finished in one sitting. The pacing was a bit off; in the beginning, the actions were happening quite fast, throughout the middle part, the pacing slowed down, and towards the end, it was fast again. A lot of things happened in the last 5 per cent of the book, but I didn’t mind it. It hyped me for the next book in the series (at least, I hope there will be a second book). The writing was clear and easy to follow, and even if sometimes it contained terms used in chemistry, I found that they made the story more engaging.
As long as I don’t give up, my chances of winning will never fall to zero.
As for the characters, I found them well-written and round. Alex annoyed me in the very beginning because he was too concerned about his scholarship. I know it meant a lot to him, and I know it was important, but I don’t think there was a single page in the first 3 chapters without ‘What if I lose my scholarship?’. Anthony was the sweetest. He cared so much about his friend, and every time his name appeared on the page, I cracked a smile. I only wish we had more time with Emma, at least in the beginning.
The truth is, nobody ever really knows how much anybody else is hurting. We could be standing next to someone who is completely broken, and we wouldn’t know it.
What I found a bit of a stretch was the fact that Alex had no idea Anthony had a brother. In the book, it says that Alex and Anthony were friends since they were little. How did Anthony hide the fact he had a brother? How is that even possible? I think Alex should have known about David without knowing about what he did to Anthony. It would have made more sense.
“We can’t be brave without fear. We need it; it wakes us up to what needs to be done. So, don’t try to remove it. Feel it. Own it. Let it ignite your thoughts.
Overall, the book was great! It had action, strong characters, plot twists and a hell of a cliff hanger in the end. I couldn’t recommend it more, even if sometimes it needs some improvement. I also have high expectations from the sequel, just as a side note.
*** Thank you Z.T. Soyoye for the gifted review copy! ***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writing has always been a hobby and a cathartic experience for me. Turning my passion for telling stories into a career as an Author has been one of my significant accomplishments. Since 2016, I’ve been constantly educating myself with new ideas and challenging myself to improve my writing techniques and develop a unique writing style in order to provide the most immersive experience to my readers.