Friday, March 28, 2014
Blood Crown by Ali Cross
Welcome to this stop on the Blood Crown blog tour!
BLOOD CROWN: Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them.
But it wasn't always so.
Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space.
But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead.
Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight.
When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence.
Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind (from press kit).
My Thoughts: (spoilers)
I always enjoy a good sci-fi adventure and when I was asked to review this book the premise intrigued me. The book is well written with correct usage of point-of-view. The reader is easily able to go from one character to another without getting confused.
First we have Sera, the princess. Her story is what captured my attention. In the very beginning of the story she is mind wiped and tossed down the garbage shoot, all to save her life. She grows up into an amazing character who defends those around her even while they despise her for being different.
Nicolai is a noble character who fights for freedom even though he believes humanity is lost. We also have Sera's Servant android. I was really excited by his character and his devotion to Sera. Despite everything the other androids do to him, including reprogramming, his love for Sera overcomes them all. Thus my upset when the author gets rid of him just when it is getting good. Luckily the story continues at a good clip and interest in Sera and Nic rises within the reader as our two main characters bond.
I had some confusion about setting. The story begins on what I figured out to be a spaceship, but then it jumps around to other locals. At first I thought they were back on Earth, but then they appear to be on more spaceships. It would have been nice to have a little history included that explained why all these people were on spaceships, if anyone was still on Earth, and what was happening.
The other thing that confused me- why was humanity considered to be unable to evolve if they didn't have nano parts? Nic believes all is doomed when he thinks Sera is dead and they will be unable to bond and have the "promised" children. What? Humans are fully able to evolve on their own, so the entire premise of the book was wonky to me. But, since the writing was good, I went on with the author's premise and continued reading. The story is fun and reminds me of why the movie Terminator freaked me out as a kid. I think readers will enjoy the story too. 3.5 Stars.