Title: Moon Chosen
Author: P. C. Cast
Series: Tales of a New World – Book 1
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopian
Earth Walkers, Skin Stealers, and Companions inhabit the post-apocalyptic earth created by P. C. Cast in Moon Chosen, Book 1 of the Tales of a New World Series. The book follows the intersecting paths of the three clans. The hero and heroine, Nik and Mari join forces to unite their different tribes and dispel incorrect assumptions about one another.
Here’s what I liked most: The cover design is beautiful and the premise is imaginative. It’s like nothing I’ve read before. The author describes the new world she’s created with incredible attention to detail. It’s vivid and poignant. I enjoyed the Moon-woman / Earth Mother concept. P.C. Cast writes awesome Goddess worship and ritual scenes. She really builds a magical “new world” for her readers to explore. The detailed and vivid world building was both a blessing and a curse (more on that later).
A lot of common YA tropes are used in this book. It’s emotional and gripping. On the flip-side it’s also at times violent and disturbing. There’s a pretty good mix of fantasy, young adult, and light romance elements to entertain most readers.
Character development is a really strong point in this novel. I have to admit; I didn’t like our heroine Mari early on. She seemed very immature initially, but grows up a lot over the course of the novel. Each of the main characters develop a lot during the events of the story.
The companion relationship with their canines is a thing of beauty. Essentially, each companion is chosen by a canine. Once paired, they develop an unbreakable bond that allows them to communicate with one another.
Here’s what didn’t work for me: This book is long. Like over 600 pages long! I completely understand the need to set the scene and acclimate the reader to an unfamiliar setting, but this was much longer than expected or necessary in my humble opinion. I also had some minor issues with some of Mari’s dialogue. It was a bit juvenile and choppy to me.
With that said, this is still a great start to a new series. It’s original and vivid. I absolutely loved the House of Night series and was over the top excited when I received this ARC. I’m really looking forward to see what happens next.
I rate it: 4 Full Moon Stars