Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Review ~ Bomb by Sarah Mussi

BombeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: May 7th 2015

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

When Genesis goes on an internet date she is only anxious that this latest guy won't be 'The One'. She's not at all worried about meeting a dodgy bloke or getting in too deep. And when her date appears she texts her best mate, Jackson, to let him know that she thinks this time, he just might be 'The One'. And he texts her back with a huge: I LIKE.

It's the one all right. But not in the way she expects.

For when Genesis wakes up the next day, she can't remember a thing. She can't remember where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour ... and then a voice sounds in her head: 'Get on to the 37 going north. You are strapped to a vest made entirely of explosives. At the push of one button I can detonate you right where you stand.'

To her horror, Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction. The countdown to detonation begins now...

My Opinion

Apologises for the slight rant, but this book really irritated me and every review I tried to write came out the same.

What the hell? That is the only thought going through my mind right now. I thought this book was going to be a great nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller with a modern twist thrown in. I was excited to start it, but all I feel now is severely disappointed and confused.

This book didn't start off well. It lost my interest from chapter two with the long strings of text and little speech. Things moved along slowly and felt unrealistic. As well as this the constant life reference irritated me and only became worse as the book went on. I seriously thought I was going on DNF this book, and now I realise I should have. The only thing that kept me reading was wanting to know whether they got the bomb off Genesis. However, even that side of things was a massive let down.

As well this, everything leading up to the end was stupid. I mean of course the one person they choose to strap a bomb to has a friend in the military who knows bomb experts and has a beyond normal knowledge of technology. Out of everyone they could have chosen the terrorists choose someone with a marine as a friend who can help her with everything. Lucky huh? (That's not a spoiler, it happens near the start)

I just didn't buy it. Sure there are links to possible realities, but I found the story bland. Not a lot really happened and I never got to know the characters or grow to connect with them on any emotional level. I get that it's probably not an easy thing to do considering the situation, but it just made the book boring. I didn't care what happened and I forced myself to read it in one sitting because if I didn't I wouldn't have picked it back up.

And the ending! I don't get it and this has what's annoyed me most. I read all the way to the end for one reason and it's never solved. Totally and utterly conclusion-less. I hated it. What the hell happened? It needed an epilogue to clear it up as whilst you assume you know it gives no finality and felt like a cop-out. I needed certain questions answered an they weren't. What happened to Dave, Genesis, Bristol? It was just stupid, sudden, and it felt like the author didn't know how to end it well and just gave up writing.

Overall whilst there was a good concept behind this book it was just executed badly. I didn't like the writing, what could have been an exciting story was bland, and the ending just added the final reason for me to push it down to one star. The ending was confusing, not satisfying, and made reading the whole damn thing a waste of my time. It's probably the worst book I've read so far this year and I'd not recommend this book.


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