A Touch Of Death by Rebecca Crunden
Source: Sent to me by author
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Self Published)
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Fiction
Publication Date: 24th February 2017
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.”
My Thoughts & Review
A Touch of Deathis a dystopian novel that is part science-fiction part post-apocalyptic with a bit of fantasy mixed in, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. Although I struggled at the start and after the little confusion at the beginning, I felt the book was well written and it was easy to read. The pacing was pretty steady throughout the book and I was hooked on the plot from start to end.
Like any dystopian novel I think good characterisation and good plot are important in making a good book, and Rebecca has managed to do this really well. The characters come across as both believable and relatable. I liked both the character Catherine (Kitty) and Nate. They both have so much going on yet they both show their individual strengths.
A Touch of Death is a great read that will keep you at the edge of your seat and is a book I would definitely recommend, especially if you’re looking for a dark dystopian read. I can’t wait to see to what the second book in the series has to offer.
A big thank you to Rebeca Crunden for reaching out to me and asking me if I would be interested in reviewing her book.
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