These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden - Book Review
by Anca Antoci
Author: Rebecca Crunden
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Our review: 4.50 (read)
Rebecca Crunden's These Violent Nights is a dark and gritty post-apocalyptic sci-fi with fantasy elements that is sure to captivate readers with its rich world-building, complex characters, and multi-layered plot.
Set in a world torn apart by war between humans and Surias, tensions are at an all-time high, and our main character, Thorn, harbors bitter resentment towards the Suria, while her best friend Thistle is in love with one. As the story progresses, Thorn's character development takes center stage, as she learns to overcome her prejudices and fight for a more understanding and harmonious future for all.
The story is told from four different perspectives, including that of Lucien, a Suria living in a parallel world where humans are the superior species. The dynamics of both worlds are engaging and immersive, and the character arcs are something to be admired. Thorn's dynamic relationships with the characters she meets along the way are particularly noteworthy, and readers will feel her every pain and hesitation.
While Thorn's initial discrimination towards the Suria may frustrate readers, her character development is rewarding, and her banter with Kol, a Suria who remains kind to her despite her biases, is a standout element of the story.
Overall, These Violent Nights is a powerful and memorable adult fantasy novel that explores themes of hope, love, fear, and betrayal. With its ferocious wildness and complex, multi-layered plot, readers will be drawn into a world of magic and possibility, where a strong and determined cast of characters fight to craft out a better future for all.