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Review: Journey Into the FlameJourney Into the Flame by T.R. Williams
Published by Atria on Jan 7, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dystopia
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

In the tradition of The Celestine Prophecy comes the first book in a gripping post-apocalyptic trilogy involving the search for ancient books whose secrets hold the key to humanitys survival.

In 2027, a cataclysmic event known as the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford, fleeing a band of marauders, went into the Ozark Forests where he discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books have also found a different owner: Logan Cutler, a young painter who mysteriously inherited them when Camden disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is now launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control. And the books are at the center of its plans.

When another original set of the books is stolen and several members of the council tasked with disseminating their philosophy are murdered, Logan realizes hes made a terrible mistake. With the help of Special Agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to find the last set before its too late.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book had an interesting idea, but the execution was too complex, and I wasn’t able to finish the story.

The book starts with a brief recap of the world changing event called the Great Disruption. It’s just briefly explained, and then the narration starts a few years later to tell the story of when the Chronicles of Satraya are found. The book then jumps another 30 years, and the true story begins.

This jumpy beginning makes it feel like I missed either the first books in the series, or a whole series that comes before this one. The world in the actual story is so close to the current world, that it seems very disjointed and odd. How and why would people rebuild the world to be exactly the same within 30 years? It doesn’t make much sense to me.

Add to this confusion the fact that the plot is full of so many complex layers and connections, that I became quite lost. Even with all of this going on, there still seemed to be a lack of action. All combined, I only made it just over 25% of the way through the book before I decided to quit.

  4 Responses to “Review: Journey Into the Flame”

  1. I was a little curious about this one but after reading your review I may have to pass on it. Too much else to read!

  2. It does sound complicated but man, the synopsis has me wanting to read it. I hope your next read will be better for you, Sarah!

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