Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
The creatures attacked Haven VII with no warning. An AI named Kyrios, a nearly omnipotent being, should have protected the city during the Night of the Swarm.
Except It didn’t.
No one knows why It failed, or why It saved eight specific people: the Captain, the Seer, the Sentry, the Messenger, the Engineer, the Alchemist, the Medic, and the Stewardess. They have no idea of the meaning behind the titles they’ve been given, why they were selected and brought together, or what Kyrios expects from them. When they awake from stasis, they find their city in ruins and everyone long dead. They’re alone—or so they think. But then the creatures start pouring out from underground, looking for them. They don’t stand a chance in a fight, and with limited supplies, they can’t run forever. All they know is that the creatures aren’t their only enemies, and there’s only one place they can turn. Kyrios beckons them toward Its Portal, but can It be trusted? In Its isolated shrine in the desert, they might find the answers they need—if they can survive long enough to reach it.
First of all, if you dislike creepy crawlies, stay the hell away from this book. This book is about flesh-eating centipedes the size of a housecat. Gross? Absolutely! If that doesn’t scare you off, at least don’t read this while eating. Trust me, I regretted that decision…
You should also be aware that there is no romance in this novel. And by “no romance”, I really do mean absolutely zero romance. Marie is engaged to Alain, but that’s all the romance we get. A past relationship between Alain and Nikos is sort of implied, but that’s very much open to interpretation.*
Looking back, I have absolutely no idea why I actually thought this might be a book for me. I find insects utterly disgusting. So yeah, I did not particularly enjoy this book…
First of all, I had major issues with the MCs, especially the girls. They wake up in the middle of the desert and they have to assume that everybody they know is dead. Instead of worrying about their loved ones, they complain about a lack of lip gloss, conditioner and make-up. What on earth are the boys supposed to think about their appearance? That’s a recurring theme for the two, especially Marie. I found that reaction absolutely unrealistic.
Marie came across as extremely self-centred and a bit of a tyrant. I absolutely couldn’t stand her. It seemed she had a hard time deciding which was worse: having to be in the company of a fat guy (Omar), a crazy kid (Dex) or an immature kid (Kenichi).
Rain was a bit better, but still rather annoying.
Kenichi was also quite annoying, in a very immature, care-free way that absolutely didn’t fit the situation.
Omar’s characterization seemed a little shallow. He mostly thought about how hot Rain was and how hot Marie could be, if she wasn’t such a bitch.
Nikos, Dex and Alain were mostly alright. Probably because they didn’t talk too much.
The world as such was very interesting, but I really would have liked more info about everyday life before the Night of the Swarm.
At the beginning, the plot promised lots of suspense. Later on, that was ruined by ridiculous actions of the MCs. The ending was actually the best part of the whole book, even if I did skim a little to finally get there.
Overall, I didn’t particularly enjoy this book. There was a lot of unused potential. It probably didn’t help that sometimes I just found the descriptions too gross to read. Honestly, it might just me being weird, because there are a lot of very positive reviews about this book.
I won’t read the sequel.
Cover: The cover shows a huge mantis. It definitely fits the creepy and slightly gross feel of the whole book.
ebook, 530 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by DSP Publications
*Note: Most DSP Publications say that their books do not include or have romances as the focus of their stories.