Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review: The Fearless

The Fearless

Publication Date: April 24th 2014
~A copy was provided by RHCP and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother - and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.


So this isn't a DNF review (I kind of wish it was), but it's going to be more of a rant because I just hate myself for just not DNF'ing it. I'd already done it with like three for April, so I just felt so bad if I had, but really, it would've been worth it because the first thing I have to say about The Fearless is that it's so boring.
Think CW's Beauty and the Beast in the way of that serum. In The Fearless, the serum was created to help with PTSD in Soldiers, then the serum was altered to help those in the field, to kind of numb them a little from what they were seeing. The serum got into the wrong hands, apparently, nobody knows how (as you do- (but then we do kind of find out at some point) but of course, it's the obvious person, in the obvious position, in the obvious place, in the fucking obvious obvious. The serum was altered to make them stronger, heal faster, etc, but it made them too strong, too fast, and made them completely numb to all emotion and strategically better and wiser than the human population, it changed their DNA and made them into something other than human with silver eyes.


The biggest issues for me were the emotionless characters, we have Cass, one of our main characters and main perspective, and though you're told her feelings, you never feel anything. Bland voice, just...bland. And annoying. She's so fucking naive it isn't even funny. She was just plain stupid, and I'm not even exaggerating. Seriously, she lets the love interest out of the prison after a like 2 minute chat.  Everything that happened, she brought on herself. She had so many chances, so many hints, and she just takes it at word though it's obvious. She's also pretty emotionless, you'd think she was a fearless.
We have the love interest whose name I can't remember so have to check, he's so rememberable, but he's also our other main perspective. Aha! His name is Myo, who seemed to have a little personality, but not much. He was also pretty stupid himself.

Then we have Sol, a random perspective when the story is lagging, who is a borderline sociopath because Cass wouldn't get with him. They were best friends, she doesn't see him that way, yet he still persists, persists, I mean, he's basically begging for it.
So, we have three different perspectives, in random  out of order  changes, on top of that, we have the obvious multiple holes and questions that don't really get answered, and the whole thing was just like going around in circles and ended up being pointless. After reading it (and I admit, I skimmed the shit out of it), but I honestly can't even tell you what it was about. The whole plot and world building was sketchy, it was all just kind of messy.

I know, harsh, but I read the whole thing wanting for it to do good, but it just didn't, and I'm so freaking disappointed in it.
I'll sum The Fearless up in one. Boring.

Maybe skip this one, because you know...
(Hey, Elizabeth  told you I'd make it work.) ;)

You're worth it.

Rating: 1/5- Because I finished it.