Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Collide by Christine Fonseca

Title: Collide (The Solomon Experiments #1)
Author: Christine Fonseca
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

Collide was a bit of a mixed bag for me.  There were parts that I really, really liked.  There were also parts that just seemed a bit dull.  The beginning of the story was a little all over the place and the story dragged a lot until about half way through.  By then, I had gotten a little more into the rhythm of the author's writing and the way events were pieced together within the book and within the individual chapters.

There were several points of view - we had Dakota, The Architect, and a doctor's journal.  They all helped slowly piece together the history of five children with special powers.  The history of a grand experiment that went bad - wiping the memories of most of the kids and splitting them in protective custody.  But someone wants them back - for all the wrong reasons.  The story is their fight for freedom and understanding.

There seemed to be a few too many "I learned this just in time to save the day" scenarios.  I would understand a couple, but it seemed every time they got in trouble some really cool thing would help save the day.  There also didn't seem to be too much logical character growth.  While Dakota goes through a remarkable change - I had a hard time believing that it could have happened to her that quickly.

There really was no set ending.  I hope the sequel explains a little more about Dakota's past and the inner workings of her power and mind.  Perhaps it will make me understand her drastic change better.  The premise of the world and story were great - it just needed to be flushed out a little better for me to really get into it.

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