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Dystopian is interesting to me, it’s one of those genres that really opens up, and you can take it anywhere. The world has so many flaws to exploit, and twist, and it’s such a great baseboard for stories. Previously, I had read Stone’s A Knight of Dein, which is fantasy and action, and was very good. I enjoyed it, but I will say, I enjoyed this one even more. Australia is the setting and the world has been decimated by World War 3. You are pulled into this story, quite quickly, and it’s worth it. The author gives us a dense world, complex characters, and thorough storytelling. It’s outstanding. A lot of writers struggle with describing a world so far from what we’re living in, that it falls flat, but Stone’s world really brings life to it, and interests the reader. Ethan, the main character, is a Forager, hence the title. He goes out and finds materials from the ruins of other cities. This leads to the plot line, Ethan and his crew are so good, the government is taking notice and sends special agents with them, called Custodians, and it’s during this mission we’re introduced to the love story line in the book. I liked Ethan, I thought he was realistic, and driven, and really stood out from the background in the way a main character needs to. Nanako, the love interest, was another interesting character, she’s endearing and sweet, and you really grow to appreciate the love blooming between Ethan and her. Overall, the plot was solid, it pulls you in, and you move through this book quite quickly, you are interested in the well-being of the characters, and you start pulling for them. There were a few elements in the book that could be described a bit more thoroughly, like his powers, Custodians, Skel to name a few, but it does seem like there will be a follow up book, and if so, I can understand how some issues haven’t been full developed yet. Good read for dystopian/sci-fi lovers, and I can’t wait to see what happens for the next book!
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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