Review: Fall of Venus by Daelynn Quinn

Posted April 8, 2014 by Sophia

Fall of Venus #1
Daelynn Quinn
Publication Date: July 17, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

In the aftermath of a virus that has obliterated ninety-three percent of the population, Pollen McRae, a young woman plagued with a tragic past, finds herself scarred and abandoned in the wilderness, unable to remember the previous weeks. There she meets Marcus, a mysterious man with a similar plight. Together they are determined to escape a trio of bounty hunters and rescue Pollen’s niece, Evie from her imprisonment at the Crimson Survivor Refuge, a refugee camp which serves as a cover for a much more sinister plot.

Meanwhile, a renegade environmental organization is recruiting survivors for a mission that will change the course of human existence forever.

Updated review copy provided by author for review via Book Review Bay

So… I’ve officially cleared out another book from my Kindle. Yippee, but there’s plenty more to go.

Fall of Venus is a really interesting story, though certainly not my favorite by all means.

According to the title and the end (which I thought didn’t make sense at first), I’m assuming the planet the story is set in is the planet Venus, which I find extremely cool. On this planet though, the planet has been getting hotter every year and people have to stay underground every summer just to keep themselves cooler. Sounds like actual Venus with it’s 90+ times the atmosphere of Earth, right?

Well, that’s just the basic premise. Eventually a virus wipes out most of the people on the planet, and Pollen McRae, our main character, is one of the survivors who manages to escape a refugee camp that isn’t exactly what they say they are.

I find Pollen a really interesting character, but I really didn’t like how she’s so chatty. She’s extremely random and babbles about everything, which I personally find some of it unnecessary because no one needs to know about bladders. That’s just too much information and it’s like tweeting that you’re using the restroom. Does anyone need to know that? Noooo. I certainly don’t, because why are you bringing your phone into the restroom of all places? No wonder said phone falls into the toilet.

But, despite the fact she babbles a lot, I found it interesting enough to continue reading. Plus, it just shows how much she changes from before the virus wipes out most of the world – from someone who wouldn’t let go of an aggressive boyfriend just because of because and quite whiny to someone who was strong enough to stand up for herself and cleverly plots to leave the refugee camp… twice. Can you imagine the guts to do that? Escaping a tightly secured camp! o_o Plus, she’s not exactly whiny anymore, which is a huge plus.

The ending did feel a little abrupt though. It felt like it was more of a “oh, well, let’s just toss this random cliffhanger in and hope for the best.” At least until it made sense… while I was outside and turning the ending around and around because something about it was nagging me.

Interesting plot/storyline, quite a lot of errors, lots of flashbacks – there didn’t seem to be much going on. However, it did make sense since – that was not an error of homonyms – Pollen did have to regain her memories back. But… it was more meh. On the bright side, it does seem that the sequel will be less focused on flashbacks – I hope.

3 Owls

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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