Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Book Review: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

November Rain, by Shannon A. Thompson
2016, 230p, Clean YA Dystopia/Sci-Fi
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad blood
s are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

I enjoyed Shannon Thompson's first series and was excited to learn about her new one! This book takes place in November 2089. Serena is 17 years old, a bad blood and facing execution. She is able to escape and meets Daniel, a bad blood in a rival flock. We learn that there are two flocks: the Northern and Southern and they don't know each other but they also don't like each other. Bad bloods have different abilities (Daniel is able to heal people) and most humans see them as dangerous and violent.

The book alternates between Serena and Daniel so we learn more about each flock and the connections that they actually do have. We get bits and pieces but the overall picture remains a mystery. I loved the character development and felt like that was the main purpose of this book. Serena and Daniel are drawn to each other but shouldn't be. They cross paths quite a bit and their relationship slowly develops.

There's political upheaval, and flocks that need to unite in order to survive, but their hatred for each other runs pretty deep. I was so involved in the story and then it got to the end and ends pretty abruptly. There are still lots of questions and plenty more story to be told. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. 


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