Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Live Fast by Darden Hext.
About the book: Wesley looked out for his family in a rundown district of London and never wanted to get involved with the New Imperium. He accepted his fate, which was given as an expiration on his birth certificate like everyone else. His time was almost up, where the government would send out their specialized termination squads to claim his expiration, but he could buy more time–more days so that he could get his family to the privileged safe haven known as Elyse.
My review: What would you do to help your family?
That’s the question Wesley is confronted with at the beginning of the story, and it was the beginning of a story of self-discovery. While all of the characters were well fleshed out, Wesley, as the main character, is deeper than the other and has all the flaws that make characters fun, but he also tries to rise above them. He constantly strives to better his family’s life by accepting the responsibility and hardships in exchange. More than that, he becomes something more than anyone expects to overcome betrayal and his station.
The story itself was well written and fast moving. I could feel the dirt and grime of the neighborhoods the characters went, which only made the clean atmosphere at one of Wesley’s friends all the more vivid.
The only thing I was disappointed in was the ending, but not in a bad way. I understand what the author wanted to accomplish, but I was hoping to see some more butt kicking. Lol With that in mind, I think it still ended well, giving me the feeling of something bigger to come in their world without expecting a sequel.
To be honest, I love dystopian stories, but I tend to be lukewarm to them. This one did away with my reservations right away as the author did a wonderful job walking the line between over the top theatrics and reality based, making this a pleasant and fun read. I definitely look forward to this author’s future books