ARC review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: ARC via Netgalley

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.

Centuries in the future, the colonization of a distant moon has led to war with the chimera, an indigenous species.  The chimera see the humans as parasitic invaders while the colonists believe that the chimera are a violent, bloodthirsty, savage race of monsters.  A small group of teenagers may be the only ones who have what it takes to bring the war to an end.

Enough people have gone over the plot and the writing style, so I don’t really feel like I need to do that in my review.  I’ve also seen a ton of conflicting reviews of this book, so how about an interview-style review?

Was this the best book of 2017?
No.

Was this the worst book of 2017, like OMG how did it get published?
Also no.

Is this basically Tumblr: The Novel?
Yes, most definitely.

Is there a really diverse cast of characters?
In some ways, yes.  In other ways, not really.  All of the major characters are LGBT.  There are also a number of POC, but the various cultures from Earth have kind of blended together in this futuristic society, so race doesn’t play a big role in the book.

Was it sometimes a struggle to keep reading this book?
Yes, but I think that’s mostly related to other things going on in my life.  It’s no fault of the book.

Did I consider DNFing?
No, I was too invested in Rumor/Jude.

Would I read the sequel?
Maybe?  I’m honestly not sure that a sequel is really necessary.

Was there sometimes too much going on?
Yes, for sure.  Sometimes I’d get distracted while reading and have no idea what was going on.  After going back and re-reading, I’d find that approximately eighteen things had happened over the last two pages.  The pacing could be off sometimes, but it wasn’t a bad book.

Why did I give this book four stars?
Because three wasn’t enough and five was too many.  I’m not even being sassy – that’s my subjective opinion.  I appreciate what Wright tried to do here and while I don’t think that she’s written the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter, I think she’s written a book that will resonate with a lot of kids and may be some much-needed representation for teenagers who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, or asexual.

I received a free ARC of 27 Hours from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for my honest review.

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