Author: Raquel Rich
Publication Date: October 2018
Publisher: Words Matter Publishing
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A captivating plot with time-traveling that makes sense and makes you question the right thing.
Hamartia by Raquel Rich is a light science-fiction adventure. In the world Grace and her family lives in, there is a disease called Metagenesis which causes the soul to separate from the body of the host. It is every mother’s nightmare for their child to face danger but it is Grace’s reality when her son, Jordan, is dying from the disease. Desperate to save her child, she takes part in an experiment that involves cloning souls which have yet been approved by the government. She journeys to the past with her best friend, Kay, to find the past life of her soon-to-be ex-husband to save her child. It is not only a risk to travel back, but it also turns into the ultimate test for Grace’s relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband who may turn out not to be her soulmate.
This is the first time I have read about time travel that brings up the right question and realistic events. It mentions the possibility that time traveling can cause a butterfly effect and a never-ending cycle of changes. I like books that have realistic takes on it even if it is not supposed to be because it makes it more relatable and understandable. Because of the realistic concerns, the author also took the chance to beat around the bush when describing the last few major events that leave the readers to imagine what happened.
The relationship and the personality of the characters have great chemistry because of their contrast. It creates this special dynamic that happens to balance out the feel and the mood throughout the book. The contrast helps push the story forward and to keep the conflict interesting. My favourite character was Kay because of her personality from the start ended up contrasting the personality at the end. She is a friend that helps those in need no matter the situation because she was willing to help Grace even though they had drifted from each other. Usually, you would expect the friend to care less about what had happened to the friend they drifted from but she agreed to help Grace even though it was not her that asked her for the favour.
The author did a good job of creating a book and a story that is easy to sympathize or have a connection with it. Grace face choices that many people may also find difficult to decide on due to the choices. It makes it relatable when the character struggles to decide and no one can blame her for either choice, however; it is also understandable when people disagree with the choices too. When Kay got angry at Grace for her decisions, I did not feel like I blamed anyone because both parties had valid reasons for their choices.
There were no major faults or any dissatisfactory that I found or stood out. The only thing that might be improved with a little editing is better wording or words for specific phrases needs to be more specific and sophisticated. There was one or two punctuation error that also needs to be corrected but otherwise, there were few editing that is needed. The book had sentences that were clear and does not cause confusion except for one time.
I would highly recommend this for readers who enjoy time traveling and light science-fiction novel. This will also be perfect for those who like books that get them thinking of the plot and the authors true meaning because near the end it does not describe things directly. The target audience suitable for those 14 and older but I felt it was more targeted for teenagers.
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