Review: Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine

I picked up this book on a recommendation by another reader who liked it. It turned out not to be the style that I generally like. If you can’t tell, I like books with a strong plot, strong emotions, lots of action and/or books that allow me to escape reality. This book was none of those.

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. While it didn’t have many of the things that attract me to a story, it did have strong characterization. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t figure out where the story was going most of the time, because I wanted to read about the characters.

Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
Published by: Createspace
January 10, 2016

The Story

Chasing Freedom revolves around a group of rebels who are fighting against an oppressive government while trying to get through life.

My favorite parts

The opening scene sucked me in. It had a great hook and a bit of mystery about what would happen and where the story was going. Loved the ending to that scene.

In about the middle of the book, there is a scene where the rebel base gets bombed. Even amongst the devistation and potential death, they look out for each other, in some cases even sacrificing themselves.

The guy in the wheel chair goes into an unsafe zone and encountered some bad dudes. He doesn’t just roll over, though, he fights back. Things don’t go so well for him, but in the end, he does find out that he’s loved, which is was sweet.

The Great

Many of the distopians I’ve read have a lot of explanation and backstory. This one does not. It plants you right into the story as if it and reads like a memoir of sorts. The characters are more important than the events they are thrown into.

The relationships in the story are true to life. The couples each have their issues, but they deal with them in order to find some happiness amidst the terrible conditions they live under.

The Not So Great

It is a bit confusing as to what category it fits into. The cover and opening scenes give it a YA vibe, but the further you read into it, you discover it is definitely not YA.

It was like the characters were resigned to the fact that life sucked and that they would have to fight in order to change things, but they didn’t seem to have much passion for doing so.

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