Author: C.L. CLark Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Books
**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
- Touraine and the rest of the characters. For me, a book’s characters make or break it. This cast within The Unbroken was so good that they didn’t break the book. They broke me, instead. Touraine inspires me and frustrates me and baffles me and amazes me. Luca infuriates me and makes me want to shake her shoulders until she listens. And then you have a cast of secondary characters who I am attached to, broken by, opinionated about and have VERY intense feelings. Also, character arcs? Clark invented them, because these are MASTERFUL.
- A complex plot that doesn’t shy away. If you’ve heard anything about this book, you’ve probably heard that it is a story that faces the consequences of colonialism head on and doesn’t stop to make sure the readers are comfortable reading, instead digging down deep and showing you the truth in all of it’s complexities. Yet, at the same time, it’s so layered and becomes more and more complex the further along the book goes and just…wow. Wow.
- So hard to put down. Like, friends, it’s been so long since I snuck in reading time wherever I could find it. From staying up too late and becoming a zombie the next day to sneaking in just one more chapter in-between meetings at work; to today, damned and determined to find out how this book ends, only to have my partner walk into the bathroom and ask if I’d noticed that the water had almost drained out of our bathtub while I read (I had and I was shivering, but I couldn’t just get up; I only had 30 pages left!).
- QUEERNORM WORLD. I loved this so, so much. Also, seeing bi characters on the page just warmed my heart in ways I haven’t really experienced yet.
That it ended? That I don’t know what the letter contains? That I don’t have arms like Touraine in real life!?
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. In fact, it’s my second five gem read of the year. Don’t sleep on this, friends. It’s so good.