• Laynie Bynum

Black Wings Beating

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Release Date: 09/25/2018

I have been looking forward to the release of this book. It has been hyped by some of my favorite authors, most vocally Adam Silvera.

The world building in this book was amazing. The universe in which London sets his main characters is unique and intriguing. It almost reads as if it was an immersive RPG, with birds as the focal point. Even the physical descriptions could easily be imagined in the style of a video game character.

The writing is incredibly smart. The dialog flows naturally and the birdcentric analogies cement the reverie and worship of the birds within the setting.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the relationship between the two main characters, twins as it were. Anyone who has ever had a sibling knows that the relationship is complex and multi-dimensional. There is jealousy, bitterness, and frustration often between the two of them. But under the surface there is also love, loyalty, and a fierce need to protect (especially on Kylee's end).

I was rather disappointed with the character of the love interest, Dymian, and the choices Brysen makes because of him. He is hellbent on glory no matter how it endangers him or the people around him. It makes Brysen's character hard to relate to.

Since this is a series I hope that as we go along, Brysen's character arc will develop into someone that I can route for, because I desperately wanted to be able to do so.

A special thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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