I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Inevitable Ascension (Inevitable Ascension, #1) by V.K. McAllister
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 20th 2016
If you knew your world would soon be torched to carbon, would you fight to save it? ...Or light a match of your own? Violina, a girl polarized by love and loathing, finds herself thrown into a post-apocalyptic world with mankind on the brink of extinction. Discovering the means to travel back in time, she teams up with the ever-optimistic, pun-loving Lux and sets out to prevent the apocalypse from ever happening in the first place. But as her crusade advances, she becomes increasingly disturbed by humanity's apparent lack of humanity and comes to a frightening realization: To build a new world, she must first tear the old one down. Inevitable Ascension-The twisted jigsaw puzzle of a story with equal parts rapid-fire action, humor and charm. It's got a host of twists that will literally make your brain explode! Actually not literally, you know, because otherwise that would be really gross.
Inevitable Ascension is a fast paced, action packed novel with plenty of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The authors tackle the complexity of time travel beautifully and you can tell that everything was very well thought out and that the reveals in the book are perfectly timed. The story follows best friends Violina and Lux as they inadvertently travel through time and visit the past, future, and the beginning of their civilization. The trip to the future was the most impactful for our heroines as they see what is in store for mankind and use their newfound time traveling abilities to travel back to the past to try to save their world.
The beginning of the book was my favorite part. Though there is still plenty of action right off the bat, it is a fun and carefree story with the biggest concern that the girls have to deal with is how to decorate their lair with the money acquired from their most recent heist. Even when the first instance of time travel occurs, the girls’ main objective is how they will get back home to their own time without causing a butterfly effect. The dialogue throughout between Violina and Lux is hilarious and made me literally laugh out loud on more than one occasion. It was their dialogue which made the read enjoyable and lightened the mood even when the story took a dark turn.
The middle portion of the book was my least favorite. All of the chapters that are set in the future and the first few in which they go back in the past did not work out for me. The main reason for this is the dramatic shift in Violina’s character. In these chapters, Violina’s logic about justice and good vs evil is warped. She basically becomes very bitter when thinking about everyone who has ever done her wrong or everyone who does not appreciate all that she is doing for them which, SPOLIER ALERT, isn’t much at all. In fact, Violina makes their lives even worse due to her twisted interpretation of doing the right thing. It was during these chapters that I considered giving up because of her utter lack of concern for human life and the choices that she was making were very frustrating. It was also a dramatic shift from just wanting to find a way back home to suddenly wanting to change the world regardless of how many lives are at stake. The hypocrisy is even mentioned in the story itself, like in this quote made to Violina by a minor character:
“Killing a killer doesn’t change the numbers of killers in the world.”
The ending is really what saved this book from a lower star rating and definitely made up for the issues that I had previously. The sheer creativity of the authors and their ability to totally turn around everything we thought we knew about the story and the characters was mind blowing. As each little reveal began to unfold I was in awe in how the authors managed to tie everything together in the way that they did. I probably am not even making sense anymore because I still can’t wrap my mind around that ending. Just seriously go read the book!
While not the most captivating book I have read I did enjoy the plot and it was refreshing to see these new themes in a genre that tends to be overly populated by the same story told different ways. It was also interesting to read the author’s note about being a husband and wife duo with a unique writing style of writing separately in private then meshing what they come up with together and actually having it work! The book also includes graphics created by the husband that are interspersed throughout the story which reminded me of Laini Taylor and her husband, who illustrated images in some of her books. I would definitely read the second book in the series as I cannot imagine what else could be in store.