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Not for me
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2021
This is a review of book 1 and half of book 2 where I had to stop reading due to incredible frustration. The idea is great, the writing is well executed, but the MFC is nonsensical and dense, and the plot so plodding that I couldn't continue on enjoying this series.
I don't want to give too much away, but this series is set in a dog eat dog world where only the naughty dogs win because the good dogs are too busy hanging out licking their butts to do anything of note. Clear character motivation, intention, and action is needed to move a plot along and that's missing in this series.
This series feels so YA to me and I am frankly too old for this type of story. I can give some props because world building is hard regardless of a great idea, and I think sometimes mistakes compound on mistakes and things go off the rails without hope of salvage. I think that's what happened to these books and they are kinda a mess because of it. In some ways, Summer can be clever and she is very strong physically, but she is always being overtaken and outsmarted and it's frankly depressing. Her support group isn't good at being supportive and they also seem to be wandering around the pages without direction so it's like the blind leading the blind. There is such a thing as withholding too much information from the main character (and therefore the reader) in a series, and a meandering, drawn out plot line needs to be drawn in again at key points to be effective.
Good effort, but not quite awesome enough for me to keep reading to book 3.