27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | LGBT
Length: 404 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Digital ARC received for review.
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
I’ve removed my rating due to the sexual harassment allegations against the author. Original review below but yknow if you’re going to seek out the news do so only after youre in a good mental health space. take care of yourself guys ok.
From the first few chapters two things are clear to me. One, this is going to be an action packed journey. Two, the praise it was getting for a diverse cast is true and it didn’t feel forced.
I was about half way through and loving the book when 27 Hours blew up on my twitter feed again. This time though it was in a much more negative light. There is no way I can write this review without addressing the important and informative criticism it has received on how it centers on colonist guilt so I’ll direct you to Aimal’s review so you can get a better view of things. I believe Aimal has addressed very important issues and you can’t read my review without hers because the aspects she’s been critical on shouldn’t be swept under the rug.
I’m not super eloquent so hopefully I’ve made sense here.
However, I still really enjoyed the book. That isn’t to say the book doesn’t have flaws. Its clearly it does.
I like my books how I like my movies. Fast paced and action packed.
Things I liked:
27 Hours is from multiple point of views which I find very hit and miss as I think its easy for characters voices and identities to get lost. However I didn’t find this the case for this book.
I really loved getting to know these characters in this format and how there was a clear focus to make sure Nyx was included in all the scenes that feature her, and done so correctly. The mention of signing, or the well too known look of someone not knowing how to converse with her, and many others all made me smile.
The fact that queerness is openly talked about indicating its not taboo made me very happy too. As did the other rep too!
A really huge bonus was how well the characters interacted and connected with each other as one big group but also the smaller pairings too. I thought it was great seeing how each person adapted to their new lives, how differently they fought and viewed their world.
As mentioned, I really enjoyed how full of action this story was.
I also liked how this wasn’t a story of good vs evil. Both sides had done bad things, some in retaliation and some in ignorance. Following the story from a younger generations point of view as they uncover the truth about their world and the lies/propaganda their elders have spread felt rather relevant and helped me see how their was still hope for peace.
There was some almost sex scenes on page too! Which I don’t think happens very often in YA. Both were fully consensual and one even had some great puns. (I love puns guys, give me more)
Two of the characters have some special abilities too. Its not fully explained as to why but one can see people’s colours/auras and another can hear the moon speak to them. I think these two additions helped to add another layer to how the story was told, particularly the latter as it connects well with how the chimera experience things too.
Lastly, I guess this falls under both character and plot. There is a mysterious hooded person with no aura. But who is features twice (I think?) and both time appears to be helping the rebels. I’m really intrigued by this person and their importance to the saga overall.
Things I didn’t like:
The story takes place over 27 hours. *roll credits*
That is the length of one night. I find stories that take place over a day/time like this usually bother me as it makes me question when the characters have time to sleep, eat, shower, and go to the toilet.
There are a few mentions of food and one character even passes out from exhaustion but this was set at night so surely they’re all due to go to bed. I get that adrenaline and fear are things to help but still?
Point of Views
Part of me feels like having the story be told from point of views from humans-only helped in the reveal of the plot, the truth, and how corrupt their military/government its.
But a larger part of me does feel like having a chimeras point of view would’ve helped the narrative too. Even if it was only used after the introduction of the rebels. The chimera are there. They’re interacting with the main characters. So why not?
I think I can forgive not seeing Reaper’s point of view as I think keeping the reader in the dark helps to feel how the main characters feel as they’re uncovering why all this is happening.
I would definitely like to see chimera’s point of view in the sequel though.
I dunno, there is probably more I could talk about but I’m just tired and don’t want to be ignorant? If you think I missed something vital I’m all ears.
To summarise, I really enjoyed this book. I found a few flaws with it but more importantly listen to the book community who’re informing us of much tougher flaws (and way more eloquently than I can ever handle in any review). Some of these characters will stay with me for a while for sure. #IDidn’tGetTearyOverBi+AceRepNope