Note: This review is spoiler free
Book: Origins: The Source
Author: AJ Witt
Genre: Sci Fi
Age: For readers 15 and up
Thank you to the author and @paperbackdragons for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Summary: The Gods above have conferred upon the Dominion an extraordinary power: the Source. Yet only few are able to harness its energy. A society divided since the Dread Days clings to a relative stability that the Council of Five has been tasked to safeguard.
But now, the balance of power is threatened once more. Puzzling attacks leave villages destroyed, and two Council members are brutally assassinated. The Dominion struggles to avoid the violence, war, and terror it faced in prior centuries.
While following an eclectic cast of individuals, amid complex plots and counterplots, enter a medieval futuristic world, where the innocent and the corrupt, the wise and the ignorant, the strong and the weak, are challenged by myths and secrets of their past.
Everything about this book pulled me in at first- the characters, the writing style and just the premise of the story overall. However, as I got more into the book, I became less captivated. My main problem was that the book’s plot was just….. confusing at times. More on that later in the review though!
What I liked:
Writing Style: Right away the style and flow of writing pulled me in. It was hard to stop reading those first few chapters because the writing style was so smooth and captivated me right away!
The Plot: This book is FILLED with action packed and adventurous scenes! The author has done such a good job melding sci fi aspects along with some fantasy magic scenes that makes the book really hard to put down!
The Worldbuilding: The worldbuilding is phenomenal! The book has developed an intricate social division among the different groups of people (The Overseers, the Adepts and the Nobles). The world is really interesting to dive into and with each chapter, you slowly learn more about the world and uncover more critical information!
Parts 3 and 4: This novel is divided into four sections and once you hit the third part, it's not put downable! I read the third and fourth part in one hour because each chapter ended in a cliffhanger and then I just had to read the next one *struggles of a reader* 😅
The Ending: THE CLIFFHANGER? WHAT? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT NOW
What Could Use More Improvement:
The Povs: I’m all for multiple povs but putting like a bazillion povs in one book is beyond confusing for the reader. There legit was a pov for every character in this story. Every. Single One. It made the plot have less flow and continuation when it was constantly switching povs from one character to another. There were irrelevant characters to the story who were getting their own povs! Did Pluto really need a pov? Did we need Sabines? (Mini Spoiler: before the three characters split up we did not need Sabine’s pov). The only povs that were needed start to finish was Edvon’s, Aiden and maybe Rex Ruga.
Kyran and Sabine’s romance: Kyran did not care about Sabine’s feelings after she went through something really traumatizing. It made me mad how Sabine just shrugged off Kyran’s nonchalant behavior.
SPOILERS: He literally marginalized Sabine’s feelings after she was about to be sexually assaulted. And then he called it a “harmless” argument. And you’re expecting me to ROOT for this ship?! And then when she was asking why she was about to be assaulted, Kyran said “because you’re beautiful”. That dialogue did not come off in the intended romantic way that it was supposed to. Instead it made Kyran look like a moron.
Overall this was a really enjoyable and fast paced read! I recommend for readers who love science fiction!