In the Books featuring Live Fast by Darden Hext

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Live Fast by Darden Hext.

Live fast

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


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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