Title: Relentless (The Hero Agenda)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
Published: June 7, 2016
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. Receipt of a review copy does not guarantee a review, or have any bearing on the review if one is posted. I only review books that I recommend, and that are within the particular scope of the blog.
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Characterization and badassery
A group of young adults is forced to confront the problems created by adults. In Relentless, we have a world of heroes and villains, but things aren’t what they seem. The heroes aren’t necessarily the good guys.
These characters are young and make mistakes, and sometimes have odd reactions to serious events. But that works out okay because books with infallible protagonists aren’t all that interesting. They have some cool powers and get the job done with only minor juvenile angst.
Plot and pacing
This book was plotted out well, with one scene leading to the next. The authors didn’t waste time with waffling about. Both the plot and pacing worked very well. I did get an odd feeling every now and then that I’d somehow missed a prequel, because there were references to things that occurred prior to the start of the book.
The book starts out in the middle of some action and throws a whole lot of characters and worldbuild right at us. It all shapes up in the first couple of chapters, but keeping the all characters and their respective powers straight is a little dicey at first.
Prose and editing
Just fine here. Reads as a conversational YA novel.
The characters enjoy a few stress-relieving laughs, but I didn’t join them. That was enough, though, to cut the tension and give some ups and downs to the story.
“He spits out an epithet so nasty I think it’s only legal in England. And then only when your favorite football club loses.”
I quite enjoyed this book. It’s a fun adventure that gets to the point and doesn’t waste time with unnecessary description or narrative. There’s a good bit of teenage romance involved, but I believed the relationships, so it didn’t bug me. I liked seeing this different take on heroes and villains. I get tired of heroes being such straight-arrow types, and villains being so by-the-numbers. It’s refreshing and interesting to see someone do something different with the genre.