Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters
Published: November 27, 2018
Source: Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
We thought first contact would bring a golden age of prosperity. We were fools.
A horrific next stage is coming. Few humans know about it. No one knows how to stop it.
Naive and isolated in his rural village, Court is the last person Elle would pick for help, but after fleeing an alien-sponsored research center, she’s alone and out of options.
Getting critical intelligence data from the backwoods to the off-planet resistance is an impossible mission. Staying alive is already more than they can handle with humans and aliens chasing Elle for secrets she doesn’t even know she has.
In a world tainted by expedient alliances and moral compromises, the human race has mortgaged its future. Payment is due and time is running out.
Rating: I gave this 3/5 stars on Goodreads!
**I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
I really enjoyed this! I will say that sci-fi is not my typical genre, but since I had read and reviewed a book from Winters before that I really enjoyed, I thought I’d give this one a shot! I’m glad I did. I was hooked even from the first few chapters.
This sci-fi dystopian world was super interesting to me. We had an alien species, the Qyntarak come and basically take over Earth. There is lots of action and intrigue trying to find ways to stop them. I really loved that there was juuuuust enough backstory to tell me what I needed to know, but not so much that I was bored to tears waiting for the real story to start. There was action right from the start, and it kept me wanting to read. I was drawn in almost immediately. I can always appreciate a writing style that does that for me.
I really enjoyed most of the characters. Except Kane, he sucked. He was the most obnoxious man, hahaha. But still, he was a well written character. I love love loved Court and Elle. Obviously, they were favorites. But I also really liked Britt and Marsh. Marsh reminded me so much of Hershel from The Walking Dead. Just that precious man trying to do all he can to help everyone. Just the best.
I will say that I do wish there had been a bit more character development, BUT with what we had given it was just under 300 pages, and all the action, I can understand the lack of it, and it didn’t really bother me all that much. Had this book been any longer, I think I would have needed it, but I think it worked for this book. I was confused at times. We have so many perspectives, and so jumping back and forth from characters was a bit confusing for me to place where we were and the relevance of the characters talking. Granted, this is a problem I have with most books that are written with multiple perspectives, so I think this is just a personal problem, ha.
The aliens were so creepy. They seemed so developed and smart, and that just freaks me out. I don’t think I believe in aliens, but if they are out there, I really hope they aren’t as smart as they seem in books, hahaha. These guys just came on over and started ruling. I thought the way that the Qyntarak could sense human emotions through body temperature was super interesting. They also want to eat humans from time to time, so that was scary, ha. The only issue I had with the Qyntarak was that I couldn’t really visualize them. Winters did explain what they looked like, but for the life of me, I could not see a clear picture of them in my mind. I think a bit of a better explanation was needed, but at the same time, I can see where it would be super difficult to describe exactly what you see in your mind. I just couldn’t see them.
Overall. I thought the plot was really interesting. It kept me hooked and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it! I would definitely recommend this book, especially to my sci-fi fans out there!
Thank you so much, Rook, for allowing me to read and review another of your great stories!
Thanks for reading! (: