Sometimes a reader just doesn’t connect with certain writers. That appears to be the case for me here.
As I started this book I had a sense of familiarity, but it wasn’t so strong that I immediately recognized where it was from. A little further in and it dawned on me that this was a follow-up to a book I had read previously (no … I don’t always know when I’m reading a sequel as books are sent to my kindle and I generally read them in the order that they are put there). I looked back to see that I had indeed read and reviewed the first book and had given it a very mid-range rating. This actually made me more determined to give this a really careful read, so I started it over to really absorb what I was reading.
And still this didn’t click with me.
Tough, female biker, Hob Ravani, is back, defending her distant planet from the mega-corporation TransRift Inc. TransRift has a monopoly on just about everything that anyone could need or want on the entire planet, but Hob and her ‘Ghost Wolves’ are a thorn in their sides. TransRift is trying to mine a strange blue mineral from Tanegawa’s World – the mineral is the source of power that allows for interstellar travel by tearing holes in space and time. Only ‘Weathermen’ are able to make this work, but the mineral is the source of all the power. TransRift will tear the planet apart to mine this mineral in order to control this very needed substance, which would give TransRift control over the majority of all interstellar travel.
Only Hob and her associates can possibly stop this profit-hungry corporation.
The idea here is great, even if making corporate greed the motivating factor isn’t particularly original. My problem with the book (as it was the first time around) is simply that I didn’t care. Hob as a character doesn’t appeal to me. I understand her anti-hero hero-ness, but I simply don’t connect with her and I just don’t care what happens to her or to this world. The future of the planet – essentially owned by the ‘evil’ TransRift – hinges on our care for Hob and her friends.
The writing isn’t bad – it just didn’t connect with me and I’ll look for something a little different.
Looking for a good book? Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells is a follow-up to Hunger Makes the Wolf. If you enjoyed the first in the series, this will be just as good. If you didn’t enjoy the first, this doesn’t offer any redemption and this is not recommended for new readers to the series.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Blood Binds the Pack
author: Alex Wells
series: The Ghost Wolves #2
publisher: Angry Robot
paperback, 416 pages