REVIEW: 'Aim' by P.R Castle #AusYABloggers Blog Tour
Hello fellow Readerholics,
As you may have guessed, today is my stop on the AusYABloggers blog tour! I am so grateful to AusYABloggers for the wonderful opportunity.
Escaping captivity doesn’t make you free Subject B and her sister, Subject A, have spent their entire lives inside a secret lab, the victims of cruel experiments by the Professor. Subject A is given the power to read minds and Subject B the ability to melt into liquid form. Together, they use their gifts to escape the lab. On the outside, the sisters take different paths to cope with their pain. Subject A uses her gift to understand human nature, but Subject B is haunted by the lab, and won’t trust anyone. As Subject A tries to control the darkness within her sister, Subject B is faced with the choice to forgive the Professor or take her revenge.
When I say a book was intense, I mean it. For the most part, the book was fast paced and engaging and it never strayed from its core plot unlike other sci fi novels I’ve read.
I did struggle with how little occurred in the first half of the book. I get that world building can be just as important as the plot in order to help create the story but I felt that it just dragged out a little bit too long. In the second half of the book, the pace finally picked up and I found this part of the book to be the most enjoyable. The ending of the book became quite suspenseful and if I were to judge it on its final chapters, I would consider it to be a more gripping read.
One thing that disappointed me was that I didn’t relate to the sisters as characters. I understand that due to their situation they haven’t been exposed to the outside world and haven’t had the opportunity to develop as people but I just found them to be empty and unfulfilling. I also think that part of my lack of care for the twins heavily relied on the fact that to me, they were no more than A and B. Again, I understand that their names as letters was a big part of their character but I felt disconnected by the lack of a proper name to be disingenuous. I would liken this to in ‘Whisper’ by Lynette Noni in which the main character is referred to as ‘Jane Doe’ for most of the book. This worked though because Jane is a name that doesn’t seem unrealistic even in regards to the connotations attached to it.
I was slightly disappointed by ‘Aim’ as the blurb really did hold my interest but the story did not. I do recommend it for people who want a spin on traditional sci fi though as I’ve read other reviews in which people really did enjoy it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
P.R. Castle grew up in Sydney, Australia. She has studied both chemistry and marketing at university. Castle has spent a spent a lot of time with teens; youth camps, community service projects, and youth groups, drawing a desire from her to write something for teens, something that is thrilling and entertaining but really makes them think about the deeper questions, to mull over what makes them human and reflect.
Overall, I think ‘Aim’ could be improved by spending less time on world building and more time in developing the characters into something people relate to. This is part of a trilogy so I have hope that what was lacking in this book was made up for in the others. I rate it a 2.6/5.
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