First World by Jaymin Eve review

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synopsis:

“An epic journey.
If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?

Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own.

In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.

Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty.

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow – kiss him or punch him in the mouth – Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family.

And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds.”

 

I have to admit. I have seen MANY synopsis before, but never have I come across one this long! You basically get the whole story in the description. So maybe you want to skip the review and just read the synopsis above lol. But for those of you that want to know whether you should invest your time into this one, then stay tuned 😉

As you saw above, this story is about a girl who lives in a horrible New York City set in the future. Gangs run the country and going outside of the compound door is basically asking for suicide. But for Abby, this is the most freeing thing she gets to do. Wanting adventure and a place where plants actually grow and people aren’t trying to kill you, she dreams of a tropical-like land where her dream guy lives and where life is simple. And then she actually goes there.

 

THINGS I LIKED :

I was a fan from the get go of the new world of the Walkers and First World. I thought the storyline was very original and I liked the newness of this world. Coming up with something paranormal other than vampires and werewolves is a very challenging feat that I can appreciate from this author.

Also, I really liked Lucy and Abby. I might even like Abby’s friend Lucy a bit more because I could relate better to her. They both were spunky, funny, and never let a situation get too serious. They were the right amount of crazy and mature if that makes sense.

Now I liked Brace as a person, and he was an okay character. He wasn’t awesome and he wasn’t bad. Just…eh.

THING I DIDN’T LIKE

The world building for me was pretty small. Jaymin mostly described New York, but she didn’t really put much effort into building First World. It’s apparently just forest and a coastal town for the rich. We don’t get much more than that, which I found really disappointing.

Scene connection is probably one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate when a situation is totally not told right. Meaning that in a matter of a few lines, something can go terribly wrong and there is no reason for it. As an example, in the book someone gets kidnapped. Usually this would be an interesting and intense scene. But it was like, the person is next to them in one line, then they look around and they are gone. Immediately they think they have been kidnapped instead of thinking rationally and call the guard or whatever for help and they all come running. This wouldn’t be bad had it not all gone down in less than five lines of speech. It was just ridiculous and I couldn’t stand the disconnect of reality to the story even though it’s a paranormal romance. You want at least SOME realism, right?

CONCLUSION:
This book had a few rocky places, but I was impressed overall. Creating a new world isn’t an easy feat, so I give Ms. Eve some serious credit.

First World by Jaymin Eve = 3.5 stars

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