The befuddlement starts on page one, or my review of The Raging Ones

the raging ones

The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1)

By: Krista and Becca Ritchie

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: August 14th, 2018

Format: eARC

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

A promising premise with a whole bunch of nope.

The writing on the first page was just bad, and I kept reading because, maaaybe it would get better. No, it did not. When a book starts out with multiple paragraphs about how a character moves through a crowd and you use the phrase “swiftly, I move” as a single sentence and paragraph, I cringe. And snort. But I did persevere. I mean, the opening scene is about a pickpocket going about their business, so the idea was a good one, if not the execution. I should have stopped when my bad writing instincts were telling me to.

The book then devolves as it moves slower than a sloth towards an actual plot, which I might have cared about if I could figure out what was going on is this world, and takes a really weird turn at the end that is supremely disappointing. I know because I finally got tired of this slog of a book and peeked at the end. Oops. It is an ending that has been done before and I am pretty sure that this “twist” was played out in a Twilight Zone episode way back when it would have been original.

The bottom line is that The Raging Ones sounds decent as a premise, but is huge mess and a half when on paper. It tells the reader a lot of information, and when it really tries to show the reader what is going on, it is a convoluted puddle of word vomit that is passed off as a world that you, the reader, should be interested in. You are not, because you can’t tell what is even going on, so don’t waste your time here.

Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced readers copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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