BOOK REVIEW: Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke

28240333

After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.

Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.

If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…

After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.

Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…

On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?

As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.

I have been such a poop… More than a month ago, Taylor reached out to me through my Goodreads account if I would be willing to receive a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. Of course, as a blogger, I got really excited and said yes. Fast forward to today and I am just typing this review, I honestly feel bad that it took me this long So Taylor, if your are reading this, I am terribly sorry for the delay, but here is the review I promised, and as early in this review as it is, I can say that your book was a surprise for me.

like

If asked what is my general thought about this work, I would say that I was really surprised that I took a liking to it. From the moment I saw the premise of the novel, I knew it was something different from what I usually read, but I was always willing to give stuff a try you know? And Taylor did not disappoint me.

Although the idea of making super humans to be used as weapons for warfare is not a new thing in books or in movies, I think what drew me in was that this was kind of a new take on it. I liked how it dealt with genetics, and science that I could actually believe and follow. Some just seem too far out to be ever believable, or imaginable for that matter. Now I know that fictional books are allowed that kind of freedom, however, there are times like in this particular case where some form of attachment to reality benefits the story.

The writing was fluid as well. I could understand what was happening very clearly. The mystery wasn’t in the storytelling but in the plot itself. I like that about it. Even the scenes with much “action” wasn’t too overwhelming to read. How the world was introduced, with flashbacks and all was clear. Even those with absolutely no background in science can enjoy this book. Sometimes when books offer different perspectives of provide flashbacks and the likes, one can get lost and need to retrace your steps. Like I said earlier, the story’s roots to the real world added to this book’s charm.

On some level, I could understand the characters and their actions. I could see where the confusion and survival instincts come from. There was also this underlying rational voice throughout the story which I liked very  much. They weren’t a bunch of stupid, stubborn kids thrown in together because they could kill monsters effectively. They were thinking, calculating, talented teenagers. They were sensible as they are lethal.

dislike

While I appreciate the power dynamics between the teenagers especially the heroine and her male counterpart, I could not say that I ship them as hard as I do those from other novels. I don’t know. Maybe their relationship will develop in the next installments. But as it is right now, I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t end up together, just sayin. Now this is by no means me telling you guys that the tandem is horrible and that they have no chemistry together because they do. There is just something I think lack luster about their interactions in this book. They make a good power couple, but not enough to make me root for them,  at least not yet.

As long as you enjoy bad ass females (and males) kick some monster butt and survive while running from people who want to make you heartless assassins, then I think you should give this book a shot.

3.5star

*  Omen Operation is the first book in The Isolation Series by Taylor Brooke. It was Published January 26, 2016. Click here if you want to know more!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s