Another book in the new “Upper YA” genre. I love this genre! You can read why in a review of an upper YA a few days ago here (and still time to enter that contest too). Today, I’m looking at The Marked Son by Shea Berkley, the first in a Keepers of Life series. See what you think.
MY THOUGHTS: I’ll get a stylistic tic out of the way first. This book threw me at first because Dylan’s story is told in first-person present tense, while Kera’s story is told in third-person past-tense. Once I got used to the rhythm of the story, it didn’t bother me anymore...in fact, I sort of liked it because Dylan’s in the here-and-now and Kera’s, well, not.
Kera is an interesting classic fantasy character; Dylan is a modern contemporary fantasy character, and when their two worlds finally collide, it’s magical. Berkley does a great job of capturing a realistic feel for a young man caught in that emotional seesaw between teens and manhood, in a world he doesn’t understand, and with people he can’t quite bring himself to trust—as desperately as he wants to—ruled more by emotion than reason.
There are two more books planned for this series.
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