Review · Sci-fi

Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider

Title: Chrome Mountain
Author: Ben Schneider
Pages: 304
Published: June 9th, 2018
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Source: Author

*Disclaimer* I was financially compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the author and/or its affiliates in any way.

Overall

Action-packed novel with lovable characters and detailed description making it easy to visualize the scenes. My favourite type of romance is when it is mixed with action and this book is my type of romance.


Review

A suspenseful thriller, Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider, takes place in a modern society with hints of science fiction. Trey Radisson, an inventor, is working on a recent project when he had a horrifying dream which led him to destroy the prototype before it falls into the wrong hand. Now with the invention destroyed, the Chrome which is the country’s greatest threat is seeking for him for his knowledge to recreate the prototype. He is later joined by Sonya McCall after a chaotic mishap which led to him to be the most wanted person. Sonya McCall was running from her problems herself when she became the only witness to an incident and also becoming a wanted person, just not as much as Trey. Now the two will have to avoid the government and the Chrome for the knowledge that Trey hopes to keep forever and take it to the grave with him one day, hoping no one ever tries to recreate it.

From the first page, it already has the readers hooked to the story with a strong and admirable female lead. Even though there are two main characters, essentially Trey is the lead character. However, it started off with Sonya which made it slightly different since books normally start with the main character’s point of view, excluding prologues. Ben Schneider created an interesting plot that keeps the reader wanting to continue with all the action and suspense that is happening and not having the readers feel overwhelmed. Despite it being listed in the science-fiction, adventure and action genre, there is a subtle hint of romance too which does not feel too rushed or too slowed. It was perfectly paced, and that caused the romance to not become the focus either.

There were many characters within the book and all of them have unique characters and personalities to them. Even though Chrome is a typical let’s-take-over-the-world organization, the author created a unique character for each agent and officer in the Chrome. Some books might just have everyone seem the same or as a two-dimensional character, either unintentionally or on purpose, depending on the book. Another thing to note is that there is a reversal in gender roles. There is a popular saying, “damsel in distress”, and this applies to this book, however, Trey is the “damsel” in this book and instead of Trey being the one doing the saving, it is usually Sonya that pulls all the heroic acts and saving Trey. This emphasizes the strong female character in the book.

The book is well-written with excellent descriptions, however, there are many times when there is too much description and it causes an overwhelming sensation. This is different depending on the device that is being read on because of the screen, but even on a tablet, it can sometimes overwhelm the reader too. There are positives to the heavy description. If it was not for the heavy description, the book may become too fast-paced and feel rushed because there is a lot that is happening with the plot and sometimes events occur too fast one after the other. There were also rare cases that probably happened only once or twice, where there was too much action and it got a bit messy and confusing.

There are sometimes sentences where the meaning is not articulated and have to be read several times to understand the meaning. There are also punctuations that may be added which can also help with expressing the meaning. With a little editing, this can be fixed easily.


Recommendations

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This is a book that is recommended for readers who enjoy spy movies. For some strange reason, for those who like Ready Player Oneyou might light it too because both main characters are trying to escape from an organization while trying to achieve a goal. Both books also have a strong female lead too.


If you really are interested in seeing the rating to the books I have read, then go to my Goodreads account. Hopefully, I have more time to post more content besides reviews. I will definitely try during the winter break.

Thanks for reading, I always appreciate you reading the things I write (in this case, type) about. Love you all ღ.

Signing out,

SammieReads

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