4 out of 5
Let me first start out with an apology to the author Allison Rose…She came to me months ago asking if I would like to read and review her book, never one to turn an opportunity down, I agreed. I agreed to do so at the worst possible time. When Tick showed up at my house, I was in the middle of an epic, EPIC book slump. Not even joking, I think I reread every book that I knew I loved. It seemed like anytime I wanted to start Tick, something else caught my eye. But slowly, like a snail, I started to read new books. All the while, I’ve been in the process of packing everything I own to get ready to move. This includes all my lovely books and Tick ended up in a box with the rest of them. Finally I had enough! I grabbed Tick out of the box and in 1 day (mind you I worked 8 hours and have a 1 1/2 year old, which if you have a toddler you know its damn near impossible to get anything done!) less than 24 hours I sat down and devoured Tick. So, Allison Rose…I apologize for taking so long to read this, for packing it away, for being in the worse book slump ever. Tick was amazing and I can’t wait to read the second one!
I love dystopian/sci-fi novels, even when they confuse the hell out of me and Tick did just that, but not in a way to make me not like it. I was a satisfied confused if that makes sense.
Jo wants nothing more than to be an artist in a world where brain “ticks” are “taken care of”. And boy does she have a whopper of a tick. Jo zones out and has visions of killing people, so many that shes completely numb to it. She has never acted on these visions, it’s just something that is part of her life.
The whole country is pretty much ruled by drones made by FutureTech, The government is made up of people who are basically the face of the country, they have no purpose, they don’t actually do anything. They leave everything in the hands of FutureTech. But where there is FutureTech there is also Alias-X, almost like a sworn enemy, hacking into their systems trying to take them out. One of the reasons that I love this battle of the computer/hacker giants is that you aren’t exactly sure who the bad guys are. Granted Alias-X does some horrendous things in this book, but FutureTech isn’t exactly a cuddly bunny, those people what to scan your brain, find your abnormalities and “fix” you. Not exactly trustworthy!
Then there is Felix, Lone Wolf…
I just don’t know about him, he’s hiding things BIG TIME, and I have an extremely hard time trusting him. I want to like him, I do but I don’t know if I can. He conveniently shows up to rescue Jo.
My favorite character of all was actually Evie, the 11 year old bad ass sniper with bigger balls than most men and has no problem standing up to everyone around her. I can’t wait to see her in the second book!
There is so much that happens in Tick, that it is hard for me to pick anything out without giving too much away.
The was only one reason that Tick didn’t get 5 out of 5, and that is because I felt like most of part one of the book felt off from the rest of it. I felt like part one was trying really hard to normalize Jo when she is anything but normal and I know that there has to be a build up to the rest of the book but it was lacking something, I can’t quite put my finger on it but something is missing. Once I hit the end of part one, I was a goner. Everything seemed to blow up (literally and figuratively) and I couldn’t put it down.
AND SHAME ON YOU ALLISON ROSE FOR THAT ENDING!! Lol, way to make me crave book 2 like a fat kid loves cake! I have my thought on what is going on, but knowing your writing style now I’m probably way off base.
Thank you Allison Rose for sending me a copy of Tick in exchange for an honest review!