Title: THE NEVER TILTING WORLD
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: YA fantasy
Trigger warnings: none
Release date: previously released
DNF - stopped around page 180
Okay, okay. It’s that time. I have had three books this year that I DNF, and unfortunately, this is one of them. I don’t generally like to do negative reviews, but I would feel dishonest if I tried to make a “5 Good Things” post, and hype y’all up about this book.
To start off, I am thankful to Wunderkind PR for sending me a review copy. The cover of this book is truly drop-dead gorgeous, and it’s one of my favorite covers of 2019.
Let’s talk a little about the synopsis.
Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
This synopsis is SO interesting. Like, I was extremely excited to read this book, because goddesses and romance. It started out REALLY WELL. I was hooked for the first few chapters. Then, things started going downhill. The main characters (whose names escape me) were intriguing at first, but as the four POVs started piling in, I got VERY confused. I was trying to figure out who the heck was talking, and with all the names and places in this story, that was a little hard to do.
Then, I realized that I didn’t care about these characters. There was nothing tying me to them, and the fact that they really didn’t have their own individual personalities contributed to that. Each character seemed static to me, and I felt like I couldn’t get a grasp of who they really were. These characters could have died, and I honestly wouldn’t have cared.
I never force myself to finish a book if I’m not enjoying it, especially now that I am backed up on review books and Chemistry notes. I would put this book down and kind of ignore it for a few days and then try to read it again, and in the end, I just wasn’t feeling it. I sort of dreaded picking the book up again, actually. The plot was predictable, and I have a sneaking suspicion that if I look at the ending, I’ll have guessed what happened and which characters die. The pacing was off sometimes and the chapters did drag on.
Maybe it’s just college student exam brain, or maybe it’s my preference, but this book got so confusing and weird, it wasn’t fun to read anymore.
I feel like if this book was edited to where all the characters’ names weren’t so confusing, and we didn’t hop back and forth between POVs, that it would actually be a really cool book. I was excited about the synopsis when I eventually did read the book, it fell flat for me.
The writing was actually really good and easy to understand, but other than that, that’s about my only positive. I hate writing a DNF review, but I must be honest.
I don’t know, maybe y’all will enjoy this book, but I feel like I can’t recommend it for anything other than the cover. I always recommend you trying something for yourself, so if the synopsis sounds cool to you, give it a try and feel free to prove me wrong! :)
THE NEVER TILTING WORLD receives 2 stars.