Guest Review: Caste by RaeLynn Fry

October 21, 2013 Book Reviews, Guest Post 0 ★★★★

Guest Review: Caste by RaeLynn FryCaste Series: The Corporation #1
Published by Terebinth Tree Publishing on May 31, 2013
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Seventeen-year-old Karis Singh’s little brother is dying and the Corporation’s Analysis has concluded that he’s not worth saving. One thing is stopping her from going into the city and stealing the medicine herself—the tattooed Mark that physically bars her from entering. The only way around that is to get it altered in the Black Market— an act that carries the possibility of a horrific and slow death— guaranteeing her the access she needs.

Willing to do whatever it takes, she accepts the help of the mysterious Ethan, a boy with an agenda of his own and who knows too much about the enemy. As her time in the city passes, dark secrets are uncovered about the Corporation and what really happened to her brother. When the tables turn and the stakes get higher, Karis is forced to align herself with the deadliest beast of all, risking everything in order to save her brother.

Now, the most treacherous part of Karis’ plan is staying alive long enough to make it back home.

Where to start…  First, I have to say it’s been over a month since I read this and the details are still with me.  I think the best thing for an author to do is to write a memorable book.  Fry did a wonderful job doing just that.  The world building is incredible.  You’re not reading about it, you’re living it.  I felt the desperation of the characters and the hopelessness of their lives.

Before reading this book, I peeked at the reviews it already received to see if it was something I would be interested in.  I ALWAYS read the bad ones.  It seemed the most common complaint was with Karis going off to a ball when her brother’s life is at stake.  I’m on the fence here.  Our heroine, Karis, is not perfect.  But who wants to read about perfect people?  We all have character flaws, it’s what makes us real.  I agree that her decision is immature and foolish as it could jeopardize the reason for her friend attending the ball (I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil anything).  Yet I could see it as a realistic decision a seventeen year old protective of her brother might make.  Did I like Karis?  Most of the time.  Whether I liked her or not, I DID find her interesting.

I found a few small plot holes that I won’t pick apart for the sake of not spoiling the book for anyone (i.e. the marking process), but I have to share my biggest confusion.  The cure she is seeking for her brother… that’s driving me crazy.  At first the healer wants to try some herbal remedy.  Then they talk about some compound being the only sure cure. But toward the end they are back to the herbal remedy.  Anyone else catch that?

There were also a few minor grammar/spelling mistakes, but nothing that pulled me out of the story.

At 99cents, it is worth the read.  It took me from reality, just like a good fiction book should.  I will definitely be checking out the second book in the series because now… I just have to know!

Melissa

four-stars

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