Logan Byrne – Banded

Wow. Seriously, just wow.

It’s not often that I give a book a 1 star rating as I’m usually quite a good judge of what books I will enjoy reading, but I judged this one way off.

I just cringed most of the way through as it was so blatantly a rip-off of other books, most obviously Divergent. Oh, it’s a society where everyone lives in different zones depending on their abilities and contribution to society? Stalwart (strength), Astute (intelligence), Collusive (greed), Radiant (beauty), Quixotic (no life direction), and the Altruistic (willingness to help others). Hmmmmm, that sounds familiar!

And how do you get sorted into these zones, I hear you ask? Well let me tell you, you put on a hat and it listens to your thoughts and makes a decision. A ‘sorting hat’ if you like. Sounds familiar does it?

Honestly, I struggled to get through this book. So many times I just wanted to stop, but I hate giving up on a book without giving it a chance to redeem itself, but this book had gone too far the wrong way for redemption in my eyes.

I really hope this book was self-published, because if this concept got through an editor to publishing, I’m not sure how they didn’t have thoughts of plagiarism running through their heads.

Sorry to be so negative, but I just really really couldn’t find anything I liked about this book, and as much as I hate to give a book a 1-star review, I just can’t give it anything other.

My rating: 1/5Average rating: 3.58
343 pages. Published in: 2014
Read in E-bookon 8th August – 8th September 2016

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