Series: The Como Chronicles #1
Author: Kate O’Leary
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Twell lives in the new world of Como, and has always neglected her telekinetic gifts, desiring to be ‘normal.’ Her biggest drama in life is having to be genetically partnered with a boy she doesn’t know or love by her next birthday. Unfortunately she loves her best friend, who loves the girl she hates most, and Twell is left frustrated & heartbroken.
When Twell is requested alongside several other teens to develop her skills for the protection of Como, she reluctantly agrees to the training, and finds herself thrown into all sorts of mental and physical challenges.
Handsome, charismatic Jonaz, is gifted with the power of healing. According to Twell he’s an infuriating prat who delights in provoking her. But first impressions have always been her downfall.
When Como is attacked, life as Twell knows it is changed forever, with devastating consequences. With no choice but to fight, Twell risks her life to protect those who have survived, coming up against unexpected dangers she could never anticipate. Will she survive, and if so will she be matched to a stranger when the one she is growing to love is destined to another?
Taking control of everyone and everything is what dystopia is really about. You can’t have one without the other. That being said, I highly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series!! Talk about angst and drama! I’m totally upset (not really) about the cliff hanger ending.
Being in love with her best friend and not being able to have him is painful for Twell. Her best friend being with someone she hates is downright heartbreaking. My heart broke for her throughout this book. While she is resigned to adhere to the ways that the governing body imposes, she has a rebellious side. The threat of war has Twell and other young people with powers forced to become soldiers. Her life is pretty much turned upside down after that. She is forced to grow up too fast and is finding out that things are not as they seem.
First off, I didn’t think that this book would be so emotional. I can relate to her pain about unrequited love. The Governing Body of Como gave little information to satisfy my curiosity on the upcoming war. You don’t know who is friend or foe, and when truths are revealed, you find yourself feeling sympathy for a character that you disliked so much in the beginning. The plot twists are endless. Just when you think it’s over, you are slammed with something else. I am really looking forward to the next book because I just have to know what will happen next.
- Great world building and character development!
- The emotions run high in this book and made the characters believable in every way.
- I liked the heart racing declaration of affection shown towards Jonaz and would love to see him and Twell together!!
- I can do romance that isn’t entirely a “Love Triangle” (kudos to the author), but more of a unperceiving matter.
I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of dystopia and fantasy!
Kate O’Leary, has loved reading and writing ever since she was young enough to try and get through the back of her cupboard into Narnia, or through her mirror into Wonderland! In high school she entertained her homeroom reading out chapters of her first novel ‘Miranda’ about a teenage girls adventures with her horse Rusty.
After school Kate studied Children’s Literature, and her first drafts of Twell were awarded in writing competitions. Kate’s writing interest is firmly embedded in dystopian fantasy, being continually fascinated with future direction of our world and the concepts of free will and moral vs. lawful obligations. Twell’s adventures will continue to explore these ideas in the Como Chronicles Trilogy.
Kate lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of Australia, surrounded by rolling hills and wineries and horses, as well as some good rocks to climb when she feels like scaring herself!
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