Fracture is the first book of a series that I expect to follow through.
It presents us a new world, complex in its political and social aspects. It presents the reader a world divided in three great nations, each of them displaying entertainning and complex differences in culture, traditions and policies. The political and social complexities of the story and the relations between the nations are interesting, realistic and brilliantly written.
There is much to love between the betrayals, the suspitions, the lies, manipulations and the secrets that rule the book, but also much to enjoy in the, sometimes more complex, relationships between the characters - they are filled with love, sacrifice, loyalty, compassion, loneliness, discrimination, distrust, honor, pride and friendship. The characters are engaging, from the realistic and fearsome villains, to the brave, honorable heros and they are all brilliantly flawed.
Although the book might start slower in pace, it is necessary and it never fails to interest and intrigue. Once it picks up the pace though and the action begins, as soon as Astra enters the UNA Nation, I couldn't put the book down - not only because I was extremelly immersed in the story and wanted to find out what was happening and what would happen, but also because the relationships between the characters are incredibly gripping and worthy of personal investment.
There are so many shades, so many men behind the curtain, one can't even be sure who the real villain is.
The narration and the writing are beautiful. At the beginning, the names and terms might seem hard to catch, but they are written in such a natural flow with the narration that you become acquainted to them rather quickly.
Well worth a read, well worth to own. I can't wait for the next in the series. I have to find out if Kai, Rem and Astra will be alright, though I know for sure that their troubles are just beginning.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)