DNF: Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) – Gregg Rosenblum

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18052886Their fight for freedom is humanity’s last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated…and for the first time, they are on their own.

Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.

 

Oh my goodness. It is just breaking my heart to tell you all that I DNF’d this book. I read the first book in the series, Revolution 19, last year, and I LOVED it! It was off the charts amazeballs. But Fugitive X just didn’t reach the level that Revolution 19 did. It was choppy, bland, and the characters were not nearly as loveable and unique as they were in Revolution 19.

My main issue with Fugitive X was that it was wayyyyy too choppy and had too many POVs. It’s told from Nick, Kevin, and Cass’s pov and there are new chapters every few pages. I can’t remember how that worked in Revolution 19, but I know that it was way too much in Fugitive X. Because there were so many POVs, I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters. I felt that their personalities kind of blended into each other and sometimes I would have to remind myself that I was reading about a different character. I wish that this series was told from one perspective and included focus on the other siblings. But it didn’t do that, and it made it very difficult to read.

Fans of this series who haven’t read Revolution 19 in awhile are going to be very confused by Fugitive X. It offers minimal background information and forces you to really dive deep into your memory to catch up with what is going on. Personally, I read a lot. I’ve probably read about 100 books since I’ve read Revolution 19. So, it’s been awhile! And even though I loved Revolution 19, I needed Fugitive X to catch me up a little bit. I really needed this to happen since I hate rereading books. Unfortunately, Fugitive X dove right into the story line from the very first page. It was like BOOM! action scene. Catch up. Uhmmm..no. I need some more information before stuff just starts happening, thank you very much.

Another thing that I had a big issue with was some of the things that Rosenblum did to some very beloved characters. Without giving any spoilers away, I felt that he kind of disregarded some characters from the first book and tried to create new relationships and stir up the pot a bit. I also didn’t like how some beloved characters barely made any appearances. Take Cass and Farryn for example. Where WERE they? I mean….obviously they were in the book. But…they were one of my favorite couples to read about last year! I didn’t appreciate what Rosenblum did to them in Fugitive X. They were just really missing their spark and personalities in this book.

Overall, I wasn’t a big fan of this book. I want to take it back and just never have read it, because I loved Revolution 19 so much. It felt like a different author came in and wrote this book. Fugitive X contained no similarities to Revolution 19. I was just…..confused. Where did my characters go!? Where did that SPARK go?! I’m just….I’m really disappointed ]=

 

Pages: 320

Publication Date: January 7th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: DNF