Monday, September 28, 2015
To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson - Review
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I received a free ecopy of To Nowhere from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When seventeen year-old Lyris first meets Wyatt, a hot older guy, she has no idea how much her life will change. She's far too concerned with starting at her new school with a boyfriend that she's mostly able to overlook his weirdness. So when he goes from begging to show her a specific room in the abandoned house next door to warning her to stay away from it and to forget he ever mentioned it, she can't help but want to see what's in that room. She could have never prepared herself for what she finds. The door is a portal to a world of giants who auction off humans as pets to the highest bidder - and Wyatt is their supplier.
The aspect I liked most about this story is the concept of giants keeping humans as pets. That idea is what kept me reading. I enjoyed seeing the mindsets of the giants selling off the humans and how the "pets" are dehumanized. There aren't all that many differences between the humans and the giants - aside from size and the fact that they have pointed ears, the only key difference is language.
While I really found myself interested in those parts of the story, I just couldn't get behind Lyris. She makes some incredibly stupid decisions throughout the story - and all of them stem back to Wyatt. Since the story truly begins when he appears I have no idea if hot guys who pay her a little bit of attention normally make her go stupid, or if this is completely out of the ordinary for her character. There's no way to get a good sense of her character before she meets Wyatt. Let's just say that Wyatt throws up every possible red flag from the moment she meets him and she just goes a long with it because she really wants to start school with a boyfriend. There also isn't much in terms of world-building. I would have liked to have seen more of the giants' world and I would have liked to have known more about the portal(s).
To Nowhere was an intriguing read, but there were several things I wish had been explored. Honestly, I hoped this would have been a little more like The Incredible Shrinking Man.
I read this ebook from September 18 - 28, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.