Review: Unbroken

Posted February 9, 2012 by B. in 3 stars, Rating B, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Author: Rachel Caine 
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: ROC
Outcast Season #4
ISBN: #978-0451464422
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
For millennia, Cassiel was a powerful Djinn-until she was exiled to live among mortals. Now the threat of an apocalypse looms, and Cassiel is in danger of losing everything she has come to hold dear…
As the world begins to fall apart around her, Cassiel finds herself fighting those she once called her own-the Djinn. With Weather Warden Luis Rocha and the rescued child Ibby by her side, Cassiel struggles to find a way to protect those that are in her charge and come to terms with the leadership role she never asked for.
Cassiel is opposed by a powerful Djinn bent on raising an army of kidnapped Warden children to bring about nothing less than the end of the world. It will take everything Cassiel has to stop the Djinn from starting a war that will wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth. She knows that this might not be a battle she can survive, but protecting those she loves is worth any cost…
What B is talking about:
Mother Earth is awake and suffering, angry and insane, and is using everything in her power to lash out at the cause, obliterating humanity in the process. With perpetual disasters, both natural and otherwise, taking an enormous toll on all life on the planet, Pearl, a powerful Djinn who wants nothing less than absolute domain over the earth itself, is putting her plan into motion as well. Cassiel, Luis, and the rest of the Wardens are facing the impossible, and although they know they can’t stop the destruction, they are helpless to do anything other than fight to the very end. 
Unbroken is easily one of the most challenging novels I’ve reviewed to date. It is by no means light reading. Cassiel, Luis, Isabel, and Esmerelda pick up where Unseen left off, fighting not only a crazed and powerful Djinn, but Mother Earth herself. Aside from persistent, deadly natural disasters, the rest of the Djinn have fallen under the Mother’s spell, and are eradicating the rest of humanity in a wave of destruction, with only the Wardens to stand in their way.
Caine is a gifted writer and her unflinching drive to the ultimate reckoning is filled with tension and compelling narrative. The love Luis has for Cassiel was one of the sweetest parts of the previous novel, and her realization of her own love for Luis, just when things are at their darkest, makes Unbroken even more heart-wrenching.
Although there is a glimmer of light at the end, and I found Caine’s prose riveting, the darkness within Unbroken made for a somewhat difficult reading experience. Cassiel says over and over that there’s no chance for survival, yet she and the other Wardens continue to find hope within themselves. The race to join together to fight to the death is filled with horror and tragedy, but because of her new life among mankind, Cassiel has learned how tragically beautiful human beings can be. 
Bs Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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