After a grueling summer semester of classes, I have finally been able to finish this book by fellow author and friend, Arbor! To learn more about Arbor, visit her website!
Kinetics: In Search of Willow by Arbor Winter Barrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So, the first Kinetics book, had me on the edge of my seat from practically the very beginning. The one thing you should be aware of before delving into this book is realizing that it is packed to the brim of action.
Eugene Yoshida, the main character, is an adorable creature and possibly too naive for his own good. His inherent goodness speaks for himself when he treks across the country for the red-headed love of his life, Willow. His journey is filled exciting event after exciting event, leaving very little downtime (and as such, very little opportunity to be bored). Though one must question if he survives each dangerous encounter due to his own resourcefulness or because of sheer dumb luck.
In either case, it becomes increasingly apparent that not is all that it seems. Eugene's upbringing makes me him compelled to be sympathetic with the Anyan Alliance, but Barrow sets up a nice setting that makes the reader wonder about the definitions of right and wrong (though Eugene might be too dense to do so).
A lot of mystery is in place. Some things might appear too "convenient," but by the novel's end, you realize that the author has created everything with a certain purpose. Everything has its place, and as such, I will be compelled to not take new information and details lightly.
In a very espionage-esque style, the story also has me questioning the motives and the integrity of all included characters, and it begs the question of who really is the villain here? Some hints are dropped, and so I have some theories formed. But I won't be certain until I read future installments.
All in all, this book is described as "only the beginning," and I can only wildly wonder at what is to follow. The description of Kinetic powers and their surroundings pulls the reader quite forcefully into this world, and the secretive nature of Kinetic society leaves one puzzling over loyalties.
Very much action and adventure. I love the boldness (even though quite tactless) of Eugene, and I can't wait to read how the story unfolds and how Eugene handles his future obstacles.
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