Today’s blogtober prompt is “Favourite book of the month”, so I wanted to share a review. It’s always very hard for me to choose an actual favourite, but I had a really great time rereading The Fever King and reading The Electric Heir this month, so this duology is definitely high on my list of favourites.
The Fever King
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
Rep: Latinx & Jewish bisexual main character, Asian gay love interest
CWs: death/murder, abuse, sex with a minor/rape, drug use, alcohol use
I didn’t love this book the first time I read it, and I’m SO glad I gave it a second chance, because I absolutely loved it this time around. It might very well be the most diverse dystopian I’ve read, and all of the mystery and the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m so glad I have an eARC of the sequel to read, because I honestly can’t deal with this cliffhanger.
The Electric Heir
I’m not including the synopsis of this book, because it includes spoilers of The Fever King.
This duology may be the best dystopian series I’ve read. I’m honestly so impressed with the sheer psychological depth and the way it handles several important themes. Yes, this novel is a dystopian focused on overthrowing a corrupt government, like there are many others, but I’ve never read anything like this. At its core, it’s about learning to recognize and getting out of an abusive relationship, and about how the end can justify the means, but only to a certain extent. All this made it heavy to read at times, and I would definitely urge you to look up the trigger warnings that are included at the end of the book, but it’s so worth it, and I absolutely loved the main character.
What is your favourite read of October?
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