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Novus by Crystal Marcos

In this dystopian novel, the Cresecren are a race created by humans. Cayden is one of them, living in a world where people like him are treated like mere servants. Can he survive in a war between the species? Or will he lose everything if he does?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Novus
Author: Crystal Marcos
Series: The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 01
Publish Date: August 28, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description: Seventeen-year-old Cayden expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than Cayden ever imagined. He unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.


Kat Mandu says…

This is a dystopian novel, though I wouldn’t relate it to the Divergent, Hunger Games, or even The Lunar Chronicles series because it didn’t remind me of any of them. It has a lot of action, intrigue, and interesting characters, but I’m not quite sure why people are calling it the next Hunger Games.

It’s set in a world where Mother Nature kinda went crazy because of all the industrial pollution and whatnot, so Cresecrens were invented to withstand the harsh nature of things and become humanity’s sacrificial slaves.

Cayden is one of these Cresecrens, exiled by the human family he served for stupid reasons. He and his fellow Cresecrens become entangled in a web of renegade deceit and end up becoming wanted terrorists.

The idea behind it sounds great, but for me, it kinda fell flat. There were quite a few action scenes I had to reread because I didn’t understand what was happening the first time. It felt like minor details were left out, and even when I went back to reread it, I still didn’t quite catch it. Maybe that’s just me, though.

The only other thing that bothered me was the repetition of an idea. Cayden and his ragtag group of friends are running, trying to find sanctuary, but this happens about four times, and each time, they are either betrayed completely by humans or their own kind, or something happens that makes them have to leave the sanctuary. You’d think they’d learn after a while not to trust anyone and move on by themselves.

Besides that, the characters are engaging enough to keep my attention. Cayden is your not-so-typical-typical teenage boy, all naïve and experiencing certain feelings for the first time. Later, there are two girls who become somewhat love interests—one more than the other—that play a role in shaping him into the person he’s meant to be. Plus a bunch of other silly and serious characters that make the story both fun and deadly along the way.

I enjoyed this read, I just feel like it needs some editing on the action scenes and some better world building.

Other recommendations…

…you might try stuff with cool, futuristic tech like Divergent, The Last Survivors, or The Maze Runner.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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