Book Review : Fortune’s Rising
By Sara King
Under the supertech Coalition government, Fortune’s colonists are enslaved to harvest the highly valuable brain-enhancing drug Yolk, often losing their sanity and lives in the process. The population is dying off and the planet is becoming a police state whose only purpose is to harvest Yolk. But a revolution is in the air, fueled by an unlikely band of rebels:
Anna Landborn, a brilliant, sociopathic child, and her quiet, lethally gifted sister, Magali; Runaway Joel, a virtuous military pilot turned tormented smuggler; Milar Whitecliff, a tattooed, chess-playing fugitive full of hatred and heart; Doberman, a simple robot in the throes of a startling transformation; and Tatiana Eyre, a captured Coalition soldier torn between loyalty and love.
As their paths and fates collide, the battle to spark a full-scale uprising is violently challenged by the Nephyrs, the government’s elite army of sadistic, near-indestructible cyborgs. But the prophecies of a mad soothsayer have foretold the coming of a hero destined to turn the tide—and the fight for freedom is just beginning.
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Adult Point of View
I thought Fortune’s Rising had a lot of promise, with a complex world system, a society spawning evil and a sociopathic child. Unfortunately I was disappointed. I read this book directly after reading Cyberstorm, which is also science fiction/apocalyptic. The only reason this book will be given more stars is because the plot is driven by the characters instead of the characters driven by the plot.
My first disappointment was the characters. I didn’t even remotely like one character until about half way through the book. Even then, “like” is a bit too strong of a word. I almost liked Tatiana, Patrick, Miles and the Dobie, the AI robot. The most likeable of all of these characters was Patrick, but even so, he was one dimensional.
The evil, sociopathic child, Anna, was over the top. Her mental capacity, even accounting for being a Yolk baby, was too much. She came off as a mouthy teenage sociopath.It’s a bad sign when I laugh in a book when a seven year old child is brought to tears. I was thrown completely over the edge when she performed surgery; it was too ridiculous. She was my least favorite character with no redeeming qualities.
My second disappointment was the language. The profanity didn’t feel authentic to the situation most of the time. It was crude like walking down the halls of high school without the substance of living life as an adult. The entire romance was also incredibly juvenile, which is great for young adult novels or a sappy romance novel.
Fortune’s Rising was a dud.
I was not a fan, and if I read something by Sara King again it would be by mistake.
2.25 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
If you liked this one try The Phoenix Conspiracy by Richard L. Sanders, anything by Brandon Sanderson and Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (which is YA, but intriguing).