Worth Dying For
By Kory M. Shrum
This book review will be spoiler free. You see this disclaimer on so many ARC reviews. This is the first time I’ve struggled with such a review. So many secrets revealed. So many a-ha moments.
I stopped referring to the people in the book as characters. They have so much depth, they feel like friends. The genuine reactions and actions of the people in the book made them come to life on every page. The use of imperfect first person kept the suspense alive throughout the book. Every moment the reader learned a key piece of information, there was another character off doing something important adding to the exciting bomb in the final conflict. I tried to find faults and breaks in the plot or personal key points but after three readings, I still found myself caught in the suspense. Book six in the series can’t get here quick enough.
What would you do if you could just reboot after dying? Then the poisonous carrot of more power is dangled in front of you just as you get used to the reanimation abilities of the NRD positive Jesse Sullivan. The plot (built from the first four books) grows more desperate, where any success is met with the taste of a bitter loss. When the trade off for power is sanity, the reader and the people in the story can’t know for sure who to trust. Beating Caldwell will be a bigger issue if Jesse can’t guarantee how much of her mind will be left if she does get enough power to beat him. I would love to pose many ideas about the different ways Ms. Shrum could take the next book, but I promised a spoiler free review. This series definitely needs its own sub-reddit for theories and debates about the possibilities.
The entire series is a steep set of stairs for Jesse to overcome. No person in the stories is wasted or out of place and somehow the stress on the Jesse is dialed up to eleven in each succeeding book. If you are new to the series or to Ms. Shrum’s writing, a great place to start is the free first novel on Kindle and Wattpad.
“Worth Dying For” has set the bar for five star ratings. The edgy and flawed nature of the people, the plot development, and the draw of the story will keep you turning the pages for more of the narcotic laced words. Five stars.
Be sure to check out Kory Shrums blog for new stories and advice for aspiring authors. http://korymshrum.blogspot.com/
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC for review purposes only. No compensation of any kind was involved in my review or opinions expressed. All of the links are provided for the convenience of the readers and are not affiliate links of any kind.