*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review.*
As much as I wanted to love this book because of that gorgeous cover and the intriguing blurb, it just didn’t work for me.
My biggest issue was the writing itself. All the similes and flashbacks didn’t flow well, and everything just felt kind of choppy.
There were also some inconsistencies and things that didn’t quite make sense about the Fray Theory, the actual theory in the book. For example, Neve and Galen kept talking about the dreams being in 3rd person, but every time the dreams were actually described or experienced, they were in 1st person.
I also felt confused in general by what was going on. I got answers about what was causing the supernatural powers, but Dylan and Romer were both hiding things for so much of the book, and there was all this other stuff involving the bad guys and the plot that weren’t given any explanation. It was a purposeful thing, meant to be part of the mystery as the characters themselves didn’t know yet, and I’m sure these things will be explained in later books, but I personally don’t like not knowing things like that. I like having answers.
Last but not least, I just wasn’t invested in the characters. I didn’t dislike them, I simply didn’t feel a connection to any of them. I also felt their POVs sounded a bit similar (yes, I do feel 3rd person can sound different for each character, not just 1st person).
All that being said, other people may love the characters and connect to them just fine since, as I said, they weren’t unlikeable. And there were some interesting relationship dynamics going on between the three of them. Romer and Dylan had one of those relationships in which they used to be best friends, but then something happened (you do get an answer about that, I’m just not explaining because spoilers), and now Romer is angry and hurt by Dylan but at the same time still cares, so it’s complicated. And there was a hint at a possible love triangle or at the very least a romance with an old flame. So there’s potential for some good stuff there.
The Fray Theory (again, the actual theory in the book) was also interesting and made me think, despite some of the things that didn’t quite make sense to me. And it was a different take on the paranormal than anything I’ve read in any other book.
The plot was also decent, but I think I’d have enjoyed that part more if I hadn’t felt so out of the loop wondering what exactly what going on, as I mentioned above. If you like mysteriousness in books, I think you’ll like the story more.
So overall the writing wasn’t for me and I didn’t feel invested in the characters, but the book definitely put an interesting spin on the typical supernatural/paranormal abilities and might be something other readers will enjoy more.
New adult urban fantasy readers who want a unique, metaphysical twist on supernatural abilities.