- Title: Inevitable Ascension
- Author: V.K. McAllister
- Series: Inevitable Ascension, #1
- Genre: YA, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi
- Publishing Date: September 12th, 2015
- Publishing Co.: Indie
- Length: 357 pages
- Format: Kindle Unlimited, Audiobook, Paperback
- Acquired: Given free digital copy in exchange for a review
- Amazon Link: Inevitable Ascension
If you knew your world would soon be torched to carbon, would you fight to save it?
…Or light a match of your own?
Violina’s life was never an easy one. Her late father was a mobster, and her mother was killed by the mob when Violina was only three. Still, she refused to be a product of her circumstances, opting instead to be a product of her choices. With this mindset she headed out to build a new life. But does a new life mean a better life? She soon finds herself thrown into a post-apocalyptic war with mankind on the brink of extinction. Discovering the means to travel back in time, she teams up with the ever-optimistic, pun-loving Lux and sets out to prevent the apocalypse from ever happening in the first place. But as her crusade advances, she becomes increasingly disturbed by humanity’s apparent lack of humanity and comes to a frightening realization: to build a new world, she must first tear the old one down.
First Chapter Challenge: 8%
In this chapter, we are given a first impression of the duo that is Violina and Lux. Both seem to be confident, humorous, and badass (excuse my french) women, never hesitating to do the dirty work. They seem to be a pair of thieves, or at least are working around the edges of the law, dealing in exotic animals. But man, are they hilarious! They work seamlessly together, plans quick and ready in their heads, and executed flawlessly (if you can measure its flawlessness by them succeeding in getting the job done).
So far, I am in love with these two. I absolutely love their humor, their banter, and their camaraderie. I’d simply read the rest of this book just to get to be around them more!
Final Judgment: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Two friends, scorned by society more times than they can count, team up to make a living by hunting exotic animals and selling them on the blackmarket. Violina is our heroic protagonist, and Lux is the quirky and humorous sidekick–though I’m sure she’d claim equality. After one of their business deals goes awry, Violina liberates an ancient artifact and carries it around with her… Then, after everything seems to settle into place, finally, for the girls, they are thrust into a crazy, era-jumping adventure where the fate of the world is in their hands. Will they be able to avoid the butterfly effect of their time travel? Or do they need to make some changes for the betterment of their world?
There is one way to describe this book: FUN! Everything happens without much thought, the girls both simply diving all the way into seemingly random, fast-paced action. As a result, the book is full of crazy, all-out battles, machinery, and wacked-out humor as the girls attempt for some comedic relief. And the best part? It works! Even though there is not a ton of character development, or plot consistency/predictability, there is simply FUN. I absolutely loved this book because it was a delight to read. I loved the relationship between Lux and Violina, and even when things got tough, they found a way to be optimistic (at least Lux did).
“I can’t help it! I was born to be an optimist! My blood type is literally B positive!” Lux shook her head (pg 66).
The humor especially made the story so very enjoyable. Puns galore! It was witty, it was sarcastic, it was convoluted… You name it and that humor was prevalent. I loved it. Even when the girls were tossed into dire circumstances, they were still able to keep their sense of humor and lighten the mood. Hence, the fun! No matter what was happening in the book, good or bad, we readers were able to enjoy ever last drop of it.
The woman slid a check-in list across the desk. “Then I’ll need your identification and clearance codes.”
Violina took an ink pen with a giant fake flower attached to the back of it and complied with the request:
Identification: I’m armed
Clearance Code: and in a bad mood (pg 10)
To be honest, the plot was a little crazy… But it worked! With this team of husband and wife, V.K. McAllister was able to create a totally unpredictable plot that seemingly just ran wild! I seriously had no idea half of the time what the girls would decide to do or when fate would simply intervene. With either case, it ended up enhancing the story, quite a feat I must say! Rather than making this a jumbled bit of random events, McAllister was able to somehow flow everything together, in a quite exciting fashion. The girls went on to bigger and better things, linked by a common but somewhat hidden plot arc, that then moved on to even more things.
“Well, I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t let peple ruin the things I love. That’d be giving them way more power than I’d prefer. I’m not a product of my circumstances, I’m a product of my choices, and I choose to leave it all behind,” (pg 30).
I also really loved how prevalent the female voice was in this book. Both of the main characters were women; already off to a good start. But then most of the important/mostly developed side characters were also women! It made me so happy. Finally, we have a book where women are the main and side characters! Finally a book to show us that we are not so easily thrown aside, especially in fantasy/sci-fi novels where we are told that women simply “did not have important roles during those times.” Thank you, V.K. McAllister, for this gift.
I find it interesting to note that the book is filled with beautiful, steam-punk pictures of the girls and their exploits. It definitely helped solidify my image for both the girls and some of their more extreme settings, and it brought me even closer to the girls. The artwork was very pleasing, both aesthetically and emotionally.
Violina found writings on the walls and floor, but unlike the one behind the throne neatly inlaid in platinum, these were unceremoniously scrawled into the onyx as if someone had used a pick-axe. One read, “You live only once? No, ’tis a lie uttered by putrid tongues. You live every day; you die only once. Or do you?” (pg 53)
One thing that I was slightly bothered with was the fact that the girls–especially Lux–did not pay any attention to how their disappearance into a different time would affect their pets. In the beginning of the book, both are shown as loving pet owners with a plethora of pets. But neither brings it up after traveling to a different time, or even later! Why do neither of them talk about the affect on their pets? Are they okay? Have they been fed? Is there a contingency plan just in case both of them never show up again? I want to know about the pets!
I also gotta say… That cover?? Pretty cool, right? I love it! I was a little hesitant at first, but after you read the book, it all makes sense. 🙂 AND makes you feel a little like being a part of a secret club, where we know everything and you don’t yet… Until you read the book! I honestly can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series! I hope it’s as fun and exciting (and as quick to read, since I read this entire book in one day… I couldn’t put it down, literally!) as this first one! Here is the Amazon link to volume 2: Inevitable Ascension: Crossing Worlds/ I know I’m going to use it!
*All images taken from V.K. McAllister’s gallery on DeviantArt