The Mark of Noba by G.L. Thomas | Book Review

synopsis

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.


rating

2 cats

review

Thank you netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange of a honest review!

For once I am going to rely on the goodreads rating system to rate this book. So yeah, this brings me to “2 stars=it was okay”. I am not used to rate books lower than 3 stars, because I think it’s not fair. But recently I decided to be more honest about ratings and reviews, so here we have it.

I had quite some high expectations about this book.
Pretty cover? check
Nice synopsis? check
Element of fantasy/magic/sci-fi? check

Here’s my answer: EVERYTHING

The beginning was so promising. It was light and funny, and a very good introduction to the novel. Even though I was a little confused by the names of the towns; City, Suburb, Seaside… I am torn between thinking it is original or lazy to think of such names to describe the towns. And apparently the planet/world is named Geo? Not that I have something against the name, but it’s just that it took me a while to found out that this actually the name of the planet. Maybe a little introduction to the world would have been nice? I would have liked to know more about the planet, the culture… Things like that. For, you know, a nice world development…? Okay, anyway.

Now, in this book, they categorise people by skin colour. SKIN COLOUR PEOPLE.

Why for the love of everything that’s Holy would you do that? I get that it’s not a utopic world but for what reason would you put up this “barrier”? It makes no sense. So that means they all share the same culture? The same religion? I don’t know, but I did not like that part at all. And the way the narrator kept describing people and say, “he’s a Type 2”, “she’s a Type 3″… It annoyed me. A lot.

Anyway. The characters.
Sterling was a nice narrator. He’s not one of the popular, but he gets by. He has his own problems, and he’s not very brilliant at school, but otherwise he’s fine. I liked him. Up until the 10% mark. Where he saw a girl and “drowned in her eyes”. Hmmm, cliche much?

Otherwise, I thought he was… okay.

Tetra, on the other hand, is another story. Basically, she’s maybe, 3 decades old at least. And, if I understood everything correctly, it’s been 17 years since she’s been on Geo to track the Naga, right? Then could you please explain to me how she doesn’t know most of the basic things she should know? You can’t live on a planet for 17 years and not know what is a freaking party??? You need to socialise at least once! Or even be a pretty good observant of the world around you! Or read newspapers! I don’t know, you are an adult for god’s sake, act like one! Never have I felt so angry and disappointed about a character!

I also thought a lot of things weren’t properly addressed. The synopsis mentions people disappearing. Yes, there’s a part about it in the beginning, and a few nods here and there, but then? That’s it. Also, Sterling is supposed to have powers. He gets out of control once or twice. Um, hello, doesn’t that mean it’s high time for training? Besides explanations I mean?

There are quite a lot of other things too, but that would be spoiling, so I am going to stop there. Never in my life have I been so disappointed. I tried to like it, but even the “great finale” seemed forced and rushed. It was great, yeah, but… I don’t know. It lacked something. What? I don’t know.

I may read the second one out of curiosity, but that’s it. Then again, maybe the second one would contain some of the answers I need. You may never know.

And that’s it for today’s review! I am now experiencing with GIFs. Do you like it? 😉 Tell me in the comments below!

See you all soon!

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