Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.
Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
Worldbuilding: We’re all familiar with the world of the Hollows, full of fantastic paranormal elements like elves, demons, shifters, vampires, magic, politics, and overall awesomeness. Add to that a 1960’s feel, with an emphasis on women struggling to gain equality, and you’ve got a winner for sure as far as I’m concerned.
Characters: Trisk was easy to like for me, because in a way I found a lot of myself in her. I obsess over people getting recognition for merits they don’t actually posses, cheaters in general get on my nerves, and so on. I actually kept finding a lot of me in her options and actions, I always got her reasoning, always appreciated her strategic and pragmatic way of seeing things. Is she a bit of an asshole too? Maybe. But I like assholes who stick to their guns and get the job done, as long as they don’t cheat but play their hand strategically. So yeah, I liked Trisk a lot in fact. She was smart, educated, strong, resourceful, and pragmatic.
Plot: The story was interesting, giving us a new perspective on the whole tomato thing which I always found kind of hilarious (in a good way). There was a good blend of tension – romantic and otherwise -, action – though not as much during the first half of the novel -, some romance. I enjoyed the experience overall.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, Trisk’s POV mainly. While I still enjoyed the style, it was less snarky and fun than when Rachel Morgan is the MC. But then again it’s a different historical setting, and I found Trisk pretty daring for her time.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – autobuy series/author name for me.
It’s worth mentioning that I really enjoyed the enriched perspective on the world of elves and their politics.
It’s also worth mentioning that while I read the first half of the book I kept obsessing over the fact that another series kept coming to mind, and I couldn’t – and still can’t – remember the name of it. Something about the elves here – they were fae in that other, I think? – and how they function as a society kept stressing out my brain, lol. I remember I liked the book in that other series, and I know I reviewed it too, and I’m totally pissed I can’t remember the name or author of it to look up the series and read any new titles there might have been published. Arrrrgh! Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
Anyways…I really enjoyed this different perspective on the same fabulous world, the historical-ish air about it was interesting, the struggles strong independent women went through were interesting to navigate from Trisk’s POV, and that ending was pretty evil and thereby awesome, haha.
I recommend The Turn to fans of UF with more historical-ish settings that approach issues women dealt with at the time, and to readers who like their MCs daring, pragmatic, and a tinsy bit evil maybe. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Trisk is an antihero, but she’s pretty nuanced and complex and totally fun.