ARC Review: Necropolis by Bethan Evans

Before I start, I would like to thank the author for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are completely my own, and not affected, or influenced by another’s. You can check it out on Goodreads, and Amazon below! : )

Title: Necropolis
Author: Bethan Evans
Publisher: Wallace Publishing
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Series: None
Trigger Warnings: Oppression
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Final Rating:  4.3 stars!!

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Necropolis is a young adult novel, set in the near future when society has been re-oppressed and trying to stop women from doing anything. One brave girl who is fed up with feeling trapped, attempts to get into the army as an undercover soldier. Her goal: to prove that women can still do anything.

However, everything takes a turn for the worst when other organizations get involved, complicating matters. As the story progresses, we discover romance blooming as our main character pushes herself and has to find her own inner strength to grow and push past the restrictions set in place. With unexpected twists and turns, this story will take you on a wild ride.

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What I Liked

The character development. I loved seeing Wyn explore who she was, and all the characters developing over the course of the story. To be honest, I couldn’t really relate with Wyn in the beginning of the story, and I felt like she was two-dimensional, but as we progressed, I found myself longing for her happiness, and the way that she’s developed was just so amazing. Without spoiling anything, all the character arcs were to die for, and I definitely felt myself feeling for all of them, and holding back a few tears by the time I reached the end of this story!

The plot, basic structure, and the way everything was laid out. So I don’t usually like dystopian novels. I just don’t. I never really liked Divergent when it came out and everyone was obsessed with it, and for some reason dystopian as a whole genre has never really clicked with me. Since this was a dystopian novel, I didn’t go in with very high expectations, but Necropolis definitely exceeded what I had in mind. Since so many people loved dystopian novels, I wanted to give them another chance, and Necropolis was the perfect thing for me. Though I still don’t ~love~ Divergent, Necropolis has shown me that I can still like Dystopian as a genre.

The unexpected twists and turns. Another thing I really liked about this story was how many plot twists were incorporated into the storyline. I felt like it all functioned smoothly, and though there were so many unexpected twists, the plot felt whole, and never felt too choppy or unpredictable. I liked that Evans’ writing had me hooked throughout the novel, and I never felt the need to take a “break”, or put down the book at any point of time.

What wasn’t my cup of tea

The beginning. So yes, I did like the way things were introduced, but as I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t find an emotional connection with any of the characters in the beginning of the story. I felt like everything was introduced really well – and it wasn’t info-dumpy at all, but the characters could have been conveyed in a better way. Don’t let this deter you from reading Necropolis though, because it definitely gets better!

Overall!

Necropolis is a YA fast-paced, dystopian novel, filled with twists and an intriguing storyline. Once you get past the first few chapters, you start feeling for all the characters and are secretly rooting for them to achieve all their goals. Everything was very well structured, and then fleshed out in an even better way. I know it’s not very well-known, but Necropolis is such an amazing book, especially if you like dystopian novels!!

Have you read Necropolis yet? Do you plan to sometime soon? Do you guys like Dystopian fiction – or not so much?

22 thoughts on “ARC Review: Necropolis by Bethan Evans”

  1. Your reviews are so informative, Ahaana! I’m not the biggest fan of dystopian, because things are just…so bleak…πŸ˜… but well done plot twists and epic character development are always welcome (esp when they’re searching for their IDENTITY…it’s just 😍)!!

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  2. Ahaana, lovely review as always! Ahh Divergent didn’t work too well for me so it is heartening to hear that despite that for you, Necropolis changed your view of the genre for the better! Going from feeling they were 2-dimensional to shedding tears is such a huge journey, it sounds incredible and I’m so glad that this book managed to deliver on the arcs! You have convinced me to pick this one up, thank you for your review! ❀

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    1. ahh thank you so much, cherelle!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯° i honestly thought divergent was seriously overhyped, and that kinda made me not want to pick up anything dystopian for a while, but i really enjoyed necropolis, so that might change soon!! it was definitely a great read – so i hope you enjoy necropolis if you end up checking it out!! πŸ’–

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  3. I’m really glad you ended up liking this one. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever read a dystopian (??) but I’m not 100%, anyway I definitely haven’t read a lot of them and clearly no memorable ones. I think being fast paced would be a plus with these books as it keeps you engaged. Also I’m so glad the characters grew on you too, character arcs just hit differently so I’m happy this book had good ones. Great review !! πŸ’•

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    1. ahh thank you so much sophie!! i honestly don’t really like dystopian as a genre?? idk if that makes sense lol, but i don’t think i’ve read any memorable dystopian novels other than divergent either haha!! i loved that this was fast paced, and omg i ADORED the character arcs in this!! thank you πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ’–

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  4. Lovely review, Ahaana! I hadn’t heard of this book before, but it kind of gives me The Handmaid’s Tale vibes, which I loved, so will def be checking this out πŸ’›

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  5. I’ve never been particularly fond of reading dystopian novels, because I’m just really bad with imagining the scenes, so I don’t think I would’ve ever looked at reading this novel, but your review makes it very compelling. I think I will keep it on my radar (β—•β€Ώβ—•)β™‘

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