Before I start, I just want to thank Lotte for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review, and that all the opinions are entirely my own! You can go check out Lotte’s website over here, and learn more about this book here!
- Title: The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors
- Author: Lotté Jean Elliott
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Publisher: Wallace Publishing
- Release Date: 17th November’ 2020
- Synopsis: Lexia Luccen is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiery power that is slowly destroying the last fragments of her sanity. Having lost her abusive father, Lexia is left scarred from the way he treated her and by the grief of his death. When she accidentally uses her ability to create a devastating explosion that takes many lives, she is moved from her life of solitude into the hectic youth facility that is Lucida. Lucida is no ordinary youth facility. It is a secretly run technological agency for supernatural wayward youth, set up to teach them how to control their abilities after they have caused disturbances in society. These youths think that once they have been reformed, they will be freed. However, the truth is a very different story. Lies, love, and more death await Lexia at Lucida, and she soon realizes that this facility is not quite what it seems. Now she knows she must make a choice: does she finally give up to the darkness that slowly consumes her—like her father did—or does she follow the firestorm that runs through her veins and for once in her life, battle for something? Time is running out. Lexia needs to make her decision fast, before Lucida makes it for her.
What I liked
The Plot + Storyline. I know this is pretty generic, and sorta vague, but the plot of this book was so well thought out, and so well structured, and organized, I just had to mention it somewhere. The storyline was super gripping, and unlike some books, was surprisingly easy to follow. I knew exactly what was happening, and when and where it was happening without even trying, and I loved that. It was full of action, and it didn’t get to the point where there was TOO much action either. It was well-balanced, and we even got to see most of the character’s backstories.
The characters and their relationships. Each of the characters were developed really well, and you knew everything about them. You knew about their past, why they are the way they are in the story, the justification behind most of their actions, what’s going on in their heads most of the time, and why they feel the way they do. A lot of stories, and novels manage to accomplish all of this, but I feel like this book was one of the few that was able to accomplish this AND make sure that it didn’t get too boring, or drone on forever.
The pacing. The book wasn’t too short, or didn’t even drone on unnecessarily. I think it was 216 pages long, and if I’m being honest, I think it was JUST the right amount of pages. A little less, and the story wouldn’t have had enough time to develop, a little more, and it would have gotten boring. Now I’m waiting for a sequel because I NEED to know what happens after. I mean, a bunch of supernatural people living together in the city – isn’t something bound to happen!? And what about Lexia – does she meet her aunt again!? I have so many questions!! They need to be answered!
The unpredictability. Annnndd JUST when I thought the story ended, a new conflict took place. For example, I thought a character died, but chapters later he shows up (in THE most unlikely of times) as a traitor. Note that I’m not giving the character’s name because I don’t want to give out any spoilers.
What wasn’t my cup of tea
Lexia (in the beginning). She was kinda annoying, immature, and whiny in the first few chapters, but I feel like Lexia really grew as a character, and became more mature towards the end of the book. See, I don’t like books with whiny main characters so I’m SO! GLAD! that Lexia grew out of it, and became mature. The fact that she was whiny bothered me, but not as much towards the end because she was only immature for about 2 chapters.
NO DIVERSITY!! I love books which include diverse characters, or educate readers about situations diverse characters face. I feel like everyone in this book was either white, or straight, so it didn’t include any diverse reps/characters, or if there were any, these traits weren’t specified 😫
Overall + Trigger Warnings
Overall, I’ve got to say this was a wonderful book. I’ll admit, before reading it, I didn’t know what to expect. At all. But whatever my expectations would have been, this book is definitely worth reading, so make sure to check it out once it’s out (the 17th of November, yes it’s soon), and happy reading!
- Mention of drugs
- Mentions of alcoholism
- Physical Abuse
- Poor mental health // depression
☆☆ Rating: 4.6 stars (out of 5)