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Posted January 24, 2011
Actually give this 3 1/2! Gripping!
Wow. Okay, I have to say, I can believe that this dystopian novel may be a very close description of our future world. Mr. Kinch has an amazing talent for world building. I was able to visualize clearly the haunting and disturbing world around me. This story follows three s'teeners (seventeen-year-olds) Jaym, D'Shay, and Reya, as they come together in a chance meeting, all heading to help rebuild Africa. I was really drawn into their stories, their lives, and how the interacted, bonded, and came to depend on one another. As they go their separate ways to their predetermined job posts, all hell breaks loose as 'gades' threaten the new, foreign world around them. I was really torn by this book. Now, for all those who read my reviews regularly, you know that abuse, rape-- things of that nature-- just don't settle well with me. So, with that being said, Kinch does have some harsh scenes where Reya is involved. And I felt for her the most. Reya had suffered the hardest background among her friends. So when things just got worse for her, I was angry. Although I'm relieved to say that she did exact some much deserved vengeance, and I cheered her on all the way, I would have liked to have seen more happiness for her there at the end to balance her struggles. I was excited to see D'Shay and Jaym really evolve over the course of the book. They became strong, heroic characters in the face of adversity. But Reya's strength really stood out to me above all. Overall, I found Kinch's writing enjoyable and clear and utterly realistic. I was left with a feeling of hope and promise and of a better future for these characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
With rich description and thought-provoking scenes, I give The Blending Time 1/2 Flames! From my blog at YA Bound