Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Intermix Nation by M P Attardo

I received a copy of  Intermix Nation in exchange for my honest review as a part of this blog tour.

Nazirah is a second class citizen, born of parents of different races, and not even allowed to attend school. Except for the fact that her parents are rebels, and want to improve their daughter's standing in the world. One night, after she turns 18, Nazirah comes home to discover that her parents have been assassinated. Her brother then moves her to the rebel compound, along with her best friend, Cato, where she learns about the rebellion and the part she is expected to play. Her whole outlook on the rebellion and the world changes when she meets Adamek, the man that killed her parents, and realises that people aren't always what they seem.

Finally, a dystopian book that isn't young adult! I know that they do exist, but they tend to be the older dystopias such as 1984, Brave New World and A Handmaid's Tale (all three of which I have read for the record!) But now seems to be the time of the young adult dystopia, which is all well and good, but that misses out some of the issues that affect all human beings.

I will admit that when I started this book I got a bit skeptical, not because of the storyline, but because of the writing style. At first it seemed to me that the style was a little bit clunky, though by the end of the story I had stopped noticing it at all, and that could be because I got used to it, or it could be because it genuinely got better. I wouldn't like to say which it was, but the story captivated me so much that this is a book I would more than happily ignore the style to read!

As you may know by now, I love characterisation, it is one of my favourite parts of reading, and this book did not disappoint on that front! The two main characters, Nazirah and Adamek, both grew as characters and ceased to be one dimensional within a few lines of their introduction. There were complicated feelings, complicated motives and complicated characters, all of which I loved!

The other thing I particularly liked was that the main theme of Intermix Nation seemed to be about the fact that people aren't all black and white, and once again, this is one of my favourite themes to read about, particularly as the people that weren't all black and white were often those who you would put in the 'good guys' category.

Intermix Nation also managed to surprise me at some points, which is again, something that very few books manage to do! I would definitely say read this one! Once I got used to the writing style I found it extremely enjoyable and an engaging story line and characters.

Also, don't you just love the cover!!!

Book & Author details:

Intermix Nation by M.P. Attardo
Publication date: March 5th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Intermix: to mix together, blend

North America, paragon of diversity, is gone. From its ashes, a new nation has arisen – Renatus – where the government segregates the surviving population into races, forbidding interracial marriage, mating, and love.

Eighteen-year-old Nazirah Nation is a pariah, an intermix, born of people from different races. When her parents are murdered in the name of justice, Nazirah grudgingly joins the growing rebellion fighting against the despotic government.

Overwhelmed with grief, consumed by guilt, Nazirah craves vengeance as a substitute for absolution. But on her journey to find the girl she once was, Nazirah must learn the hard way that nothing … no one … is purely black or white. Like her, every human is intermix, shades and hues of complex emotions. And those who can take everything away are also the ones who can give everything back.



M.P. Attardo is a twenty-something, part-time writer, full-time daydreamer. She has a college degree … is
still trying to figure out what ever to do with it. She loves amateur baseball commentating, heckling, and overindulging. And putting her bizarre, gritty thoughts into words for all to read.

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