ARC – Unnatural, Luke Fitzpatrick – A DNFR review.

Firstly, I want to say thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of this book to read and review. Unnatural was published on the 23rd March 2021 and you can read the synopsis here.

I wouldn’t usually review or rate a book that I have DNFR, but I feel like I need to give my reasoning behind why I couldn’t finish this one.

From the start, I picked up on how similar it felt to the X-men series (absolutely nothing wrong with taking inspiration from media already out there) but this immediately made me think critically about this book. I adore the X-men series and I was having a hard time thinking how this book would live up to it.

As we changed from chapter to chapter we ended up being introduced to 4 or 5 different characters, which is A LOT to take in, especially with their abilities.

I also felt that the chapters featuring Jonathan lacked in quality compared to the others within the book. These chapters didn’t have the same feel to them as the previous and following chapters, they felt very descriptive and featured large, heavy blocks of text instead of actually progressing the story.

I don’t think it helped that despite these characters having telekinetic powers they just wanted to fly around…

The other characters focused on within the book, however, were well written, brought something different each to the story, and had really interesting abilities. I loved how they were open with their families about these abilities and how their family members reacted.

On the whole, the characters in Unnatural certainly were interesting enough but the large blocks of text and excessive description made this book incredibly hard to read, it was like wading through treacle at points.

I DNFR at 34% but it honestly felt like I should have been much further into the book with how much I had already read.

I don’t like to DNFR books, but I honestly couldn’t keep going with this one. Others might read this and absolutely love it, but for me it just didn’t hit the spot and I wasn’t enjoying it.

Until next time, Em xxx

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