Book Review: Torn by Avery Hastings


Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Year Published: 2015

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

I received an advanced reader copy of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Torn, the second novel in what I assume to be The Feuds duology, wrapped up these two novels quite nicely. Seeing the two main characters, Davis and Cole, separated from one another and put in situations in which they must rely on themselves, for each other’s sake, was very interesting to see and definitely built the characters as participants in their dystopian world.

Although the writing was not particularly great, the story was still conveyed well. Everything was clear and each character was easily differentiated. That being said, I felt as though perhaps the characters were too predictable, and at times cliche. I still find it a little hard to believe that Cole and Davis are devastatingly in love, because their interactions with one another were not carried out over long periods of time and developed as such, at least to the reader’s knowledge.

Everything seemed to work out quite easily for all of the characters as well…too easily. I would have liked to see the characters encounter and deal with more conflict, rather than just constantly worry that they will run into some sort of conflict, but never really end up doing so. The one bit of conflict that I enjoyed and did not expect was at the end when Cole made it through the ropes after what had happened to Landon.

Everyone had a happy ending, and I actually enjoyed that. If someone had died, or if something particularly horrible had happened to one of the characters, it probably would have felt forced. Luckily, that was not the case, and besides what I have mentioned above, the two books were wrapped up pretty decently.

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