In the Wreckage by Hailey Turner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the view of a SFF novel, this idea was intriguing. I like the idea of splice and metahumans; I was merely surprised that there were so many of them, considering the genetic mutation is so rare.
As for the story's overall plot, I found it a bit scattered. There seemed to be the general notion of our heroes battling against bio terrorists, but in each battle, they take out a different set of "bad guys". There doesn't seem to be one main goal throughout the narrative. I get that they were going on different assignments, but I feel like if they had a "faction" or a specific group of terrorists against which they carried out their battles, it would feel more cohesive.
Our heroes' love story fell rather flat for me. There is hot sex (really long, drawn-out sex), but little else to their relationship. I would have loved to see some more intimate interaction between these two that wasn't of the sexual variety. It made me not quite believe their love. Also, on the note of the sex... I found it oddly distracting that this author kept using the word "thickening" to describe our heroes' "bits" when after a lot of heavy petting and mouth play they should already be thick enough.
I really wish that the scene-setting was better here. I found that while the descriptions as they are, are decent for blocking (knowing where characters are in relation to one another), they are not at all good enough for me to have an adequate image in my mind of what their surroundings look like. Even an added sentence or small paragraph could make all the difference.
Overall, this book was middle-of-the-road for me. There were a few things that I found off-putting, but I like the idea. 2 1/2 * and I'll read the next book in the series, since I've already purchased it.
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Award winning historical romance author, Acquisitions Manager for Pandamoon Publishing, wife, and stay-at-home mom of four. Chocoholic, nerd, & bath bomb enthusiast.