Monday, 4 January 2016

Want by Magus Tor

Title: Want
Series: Numbered (#1)
Author: Magus Tor
From: Story Cartel
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 13th October 2014
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Aurelia Cole came top of her class, and got a medical work placement in Lunar City as a result. But on the trip up, after having left her family, she meets two men that change the course of her life. Nicholas is a Clone, a class of citizen she's never met before, but just talking to him changes Aurelia's perspective in a way she never imagined. Jonathon Hansen is slated to be the next president, and yet he is nothing like Aurelia thought. After their shuttle is attacked, Aurelia is taken in a direction she never thought possible...

Want had me wanting to read from the cover alone. But then from the first couple of pages it completely sucked me in. The world building was strong, though at times I did feel like I was being told about the world rather than shown it, but the strength of the characters and the story meant that it didn't detract from the book.

Aurelia was a strong character. She wasn't reliant on those around her to tell her what to truly think and feel, though she did reflect on things that other characters said and did to come to her own conclusions. I found it easy to forget she was only supposed to be 17, particularly when she reacted in such a mature fashion at times, particularly when there were medical situations involved.

Even from the start of the book it was clear that there was something wrong with the society, and the building of the dystopia was well done. It's clear that the author thought through how the world came to be like it is at the beginning of Want, and exactly how each faction of life would work. I actually found the idea of people being measured by their productivity to be a little disturbing, but that's how the best dystiopias work.

I did worry for a few chapters that there was a bit of a love triangle forming, but again Aurelia didn't go with it, she thought through and chose who she wanted before there was any love drama. There is clearly still a way for the couple to go but I liked the fact she chose.

Want was a really good read, I'm looking forward to more in the series.