What: Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1) by P.C. Cast
Who: Pan Australia
When: October 25th 2016
How: A copy of this novel was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia for review.
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
why i did not finish moon chosen
1) Animal cruelty.
One of the reasons why I started putting trigger warnings on all of my reviews is because I cannot stand it when I read about animal cruelty. It makes me feel horrible and disgusting. So the fact that Moon Chosen had such graphic and repetitive animal cruelty was abhorrent to me, and I was quite frankly horrified by it. I don’t go into a YA fantasy expecting to read the foul things that I read in Moon Chosen.
2) It was boring as hell.
If the book had been cut down by 50% in terms of length it might have actually been an interesting book. But in the 61% of Moon Chosen that I did read about two actual noteworthy plot things happened.
3) There was no world building.
For the first book in a series called Tales of a New World you would expect quite an interesting story of what this new world is like, and why there is a new world at all. But nope. All I got was a half assed explanation about technology being busted and something about the sun, and oh look now there’s magic and people skin other people alive and then eat them.
4) The characters were not worthy of investment.
If I at least cared about one of the characters then maybe pushing forward might have been worth it. Or even the 61% might have been worth it. But I only cared about the dogs in this book, and after reading about one being drowned and one being tortured I’d had enough.
5) The killing off of a queer character.
In the 61% of the book I read, there were three queer characters. One was a guy with a boyfriend, and the other two were girls in a relationship. The sexualities of these characters was a complete non-issue, which I appreciated. Up until the point one of the girls was killed off. Does the author not know that queer girls are constantly killed off? That they never have a happily ever after? That queer girls are used as tear inducing fodder for allocishet people’s stories? If she does, I am disappointed. If she doesn’t, then she should have looked into it before killing off one of her only two queer girl characters.
In all honesty, I cannot recommend Moon Chosen. There was not one aspect of this book that I could say is worth wading through the rest of the awful crap it is filled with.
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trigger warnings: multiple murders, death of a parent (murder and head trauma), animal cruelty (graphic torture and murder) – please keep in mind that as i did not finish this book, i don’t have a comprehensive list of trigger warnings