Welcome to my review stop on the Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour for Tristina Wright’s new novel 27 Hours. This has been a much talked about book in the book community for many reasons. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts about it, as well as a giveaway for a 27 Hours Prize Pack.
There are many other stops on Chapter by Chapter’s 27 Hours tour. Click on the link below to see all of them, including reviews, spot lights, guest posts, and interviews.
Tour Date: October 9-27, 2017
Published: 3 October 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Category: Young Adult/Science Fiction/LGBT+
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
Rating: 3 Stars
Wright wastes no time in introducing the reader to the action in 27 Hours. After mere moments Rumor is thrust into a fight for his life, leaving no time to get acclimated to the world. This doesn’t stop you from engaging with the characters, oh no, but rather causes your attention to hyper focus on them, catching the edge of their coats and hanging on as it were.
The writing style of the book was satisfactory for this tale, particularly the action scenes. Rumor in particular felt like he could have been straight out of an action movie with the training and moves he displayed in the course of the story.
Nyx was my favorite character. I haven’t had the experience of reading many characters who are deaf or hard of hearing, save You’re Welcome, Universe and her inclusion made me enjoy the chapters that centered on her. Her use of hearing aids, her love of her best friend Dahlia, and her pure spirit were meaningful, fun.
The automatons were one of the inventions that I liked the most. In the grand scheme of things they probably weren’t thought of as the most important development, but I thought they were quite important, not to mention adorable in their own way. There were metal plated cats, canines for disability services. I can understand why the actual animals would not have been ideal for space travel, but I like that human nature for companions and the need for service animals remained and they found a way to create a bit of home.
Something I found somewhat perplexing, interesting maybe, was what survived in the current culture of Epsilon and the HUBs. There seemed to be a singular language that, although never called it, appeared to be English, though I assume it would change depending upon the translation of the book.
There were traces of other languages (i.e. abuela/abuelo, ASL), accents, etc. It’s 2375 at the opening events of 27 Hours, 358 years from our current time, several generations worth of scientific advancements both in the book’s timeline and in the preceding events. That’s amazing, considering how many advancements were made in the early 20th century.
So how did what the reader saw come to be a part of the culture seen represented in this book? Especially considering that Bailey, one of Braeden’s mothers, mentions that she witnessed a generational ship falling out of the sky. With these ships, presumably fresh influxes of colonists from Earth bringing their history with them, how did what was lost get lost, what remained remain? While the journey from Earth takes 200 years, I’d have expected something to survive. Nyx mentions that the first generation of colonists were “from Earth”, but given the timeline stated for the ships, that wouldn’t have been possible. Whole generations, families, were born and died on these ships. What was lost on those trips alone?
In addition to the question of culture, I was happy when I saw that there would be a lot of representation; some of it I cannot speak to as the representations do not apply to me, others felt somewhat lacking.
With the range of representation came the question of what had happened in the interceding years to have, seemingly, eased the way to a very accepting society. I suppose it could be similar to the rapid advancement of science, or perhaps the people that were originally part of the colonist mission were particularly accepting. A lot of issues we see today, anti-gay, anti-transgender, and the like, did not crop up in this narrative. Again, I was happy to have so much representation, but some background into the developing society among the Earth descendants would’ve added an engaging element.
There were a few things that rubbed me the wrong way, other than the thoughts I’ve already mentioned above; some I noticed while reading, others that were in the back of my mind and I realized when I was finished and reflecting on the experience.
From page one, on which there is a speech by the Canadian Prime Minister, there was a strong sense of colonialism.
Rumor’s people, descended from the original Earth settlers, are at war with the natives of Sahara’s moons (Rumor’s home). The gargoyles are depicted as beasts, some of which look humanoid, and witnessing their interactions with the Earth descendants left an unpleasant taste on my mental palate.
Not only is this evident in their physical descriptions, but in the early part of the book, when Rumor’s home (HUB2) is attacked by gargoyles using dragons, he has an internal shock about this because he doesn’t believe the gargoyles have the intelligence to work with dragons, in addition to his views that they (the gargoyles) are unintelligent and have no right to be attacking the colonists. He doesn’t seem to believe they even have the power of speech, is shocked when he’s fleeing HUB2 and hears the voices of the gargoyles coalescing into one as they’re searching for one of their own.
There was a line from a Nyx chapter that had me shaking my head in disbelief. After the above actions, in reference to plant life that filtered the air, there was still this:
The founders of the colonies had put practices in place in an attempt to subvert the human tendency to be a parasite.
A little late for that sort of thought, don’t you think?
Toward the end of the story I was not surprised by the humans that ended up doing what they did. Their opinion of themselves and what they were doing was exactly what I would’ve expected from colonists. The ending did not leave me entirely hopeful for the sequel in terms of a “happy” resolution, whatever that means. It may well prove interesting how the politics, the loss, the intense wave of events in 27 Hours will affect those that survive in the sequel.
A 27 Hours Prize Pack, including:
* A 27 Hours Candle
* A set of 27 Hours Character Cards
* AND a copy of an October release *
*Open internationally wherever The Book Depository ships
About the Author
Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley as part of the Chapter by Chapter Book Tour in exchange for an honest review.