Disclaimer: I got an arc of this book AND got my copy from @yasofthemonth. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Author: Ryan La Sala
Book Series: Standalone (so far… Ryan La Sala wanna change that?)
Diversity: m/m relationship, side character f/f relationship (x2), drag queen villain, reversing gender norms
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, some gore, language, sex mentions)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Synopsis: Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!
All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.
Review: This book was a highly imaginative adventure! I loved every second of it! The beginning of the story was the perfect set up for this mystery and the way the story was told is interesting. You spend the whole tale piecing together the story with Kane. The characters are very soundly developed and the story was very well written. I absolutely loved all of the diversity in the book as well and I thought the book had a wonderfully well done twist. I also loved how the author used reveries to weave in a myriad of different stories his characters went into.
The only downside is that the book is a bit slow and it can be a little tedious if you’re an impatient reader. The book really requires concentration and the writing almost forces you to slow down. If you can keep with the pacing it’s an amazing read, but if you’re impatient it can be hard.
Verdict: An amazing and very diverse read! Definitely need book 2!