Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Dividing Eden #1
”Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.Goodreads Synopsis
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family. With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?”
I’m thrown in there with no information and I’ll have figure out the current state of affairs from the crumbs I’m given. I like it! A lot of things were intentionally withheld to add a feeling of suspense to the story, which was both a hit and miss. Some things were intriguing, and others a bit obvious. But I still enjoyed the story.
I did not expect this level of emotional angst from the book, but it’s always nice to be surprised. And even though it was a surplice full of rage, and some tears, but mostly full blown uncontrollable rage.
I did think some things in this book were obvious, but I however have no clue as to what might happen in the second one.
I don’t really know where we are to be honest. I think I have a good understanding of the world, but there’s much left to be explained.
Eden is a middle aged type of society with very segregated gender roles. And the driving force of the city is a mixture of technology and magic. They use windmills to get electricity to the city, and have seers to predict the future of the kingdom and to help in winning the wars that are being fought against the enemies Adderton. Outside the city walls there are man-eating monsters called Xhelozi lurking around when the sun sets, being held off from the city by the lights created from the windmills.
Here are some questions I have; What is the Xhelozi? Have they alway been there? And why was a city built near them if they were? How come there’s other cities outside the walls and why don’t the Xhelozi go there? I also have questions about Adderton, and other things I don’t understand why and how..
Andreus has alway been protected by Carys and their mother to hide an illness that could ruin their family, where the show of strength is paramount. And being coddled this way has made him spoiled in how he expects others to love him, and jealous towards his older brother because no-one expects anything great of him.
Carys on the other hand has been isolated by this secrecy, always making big scenes to desert attention from her brother and being severely punished for it. She only have Andreus and one more friend in her life that likes her, and she don’t believe that she herself has any value.
There are a lot of unlikable characters in this book. And a mean A LOT of them. Greedy, self-serving, deceitful, proud and ugly souls! And then there are those they use, and a select few ones that sees trough the bullshit. Be warned though, this is not a book with mainstream heroes or villains that will save the day. Everyone wants something, and this is not a place where trust and loyalty is easy to uphold. And I guarantee that there is one particular twat that you will not like, even though he’s well liked by other characters in the book.
A large part of the story is information to build the world, which I enjoyed. I like not understanding everything in the beginning but get bits and pieces along the way. Some might disagree and prefer to have the world clear in the beginning and then focus only on the story, but I really liked this. It was a bit like a puzzle, and I happen to like those! But I did not like that I did not get all the pieces to compete the picture of the world.
Slow pacing in the beginning but it keeps picking up as events unfold and the drama escalates.
I’ll be honest, many probably wont like this book because there’s a lot of ugly souls in this book that will piss a lot of people off to the degree that they can’t focus at the story. And there’s an ugly truth in this book. Given the right circumstances, motivation and people; anyone can betray anyone. I had a real hard time controlling my temper to be honest. But isn’t that because I cared that they were assholes? And doesn’t caring mean that I was emotionally invested? And that is one of the main things I want from a book when I read. Ive given Dividing Eden 4 stars, some things were a bit obvious and there are some information I want filled in. But I enjoyed the book nonetheless.