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Book Review: Vevin Song

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“Years have passed since hostile creatures flew down from the sky and forced humanity to fight or flee. Now, the surviving humans live in underwater cocoons, knowing that the world above does not belong to them anymore.

Marla Hightower is just getting by with a job she loathes in a cocoon, longing for something more fulfilling after a rough start to life. But things change as she begins to develop unusual abilities not unlike the winged creatures who invaded her world.

Knowing that being discovered will result in her being experimented on and placed in confinement, Marla plans to escape from the cocoon and launch up to the surface, beginning her dangerous journey to uncover not only her origins, but those of humanity’s enemies.”

Title: Vevin Song

Series: Vevin Song #1

Author: Jonathan Neves Mayers

Page Count: 462

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: March 28th, 2023

I hadn’t heard anything regarding Vevin Song until the author Jonathan Neves Mayers reached out to me via Twitter and asked if I’d be interested in giving it a read for a honest review. I knew I had a solid couple of months booked up at that time but I accepted with the understanding I might not get to it for a couple of months. As time went on I booked this for April. However, I did get about a week between finished my last March book before the April reads began so I slotted it in a bit early. I’m so glad that I did!
From the information I read on Goodreads all I knew this was a dystopian world where creatures had flow down from the skies forcing humanity to flee toward underwater dwellings to escape these creatures. Other than that I didn’t know what to expect. The cover art was intriguing but really didn’t pull me in. I’m not sure I would have picked this up on the cover alone without someone I trusted already providing their take on it.
This turned into such a great read as I began tearing through page after page. I will admit that I wouldn’t consider this grimdark by any stretch of the imagination. With that being said though, this is a lot of grim parts to it. Lots of death and destruction throughout the book. It’s difficult at times to keep our hope alive after each tragedy we as readers go through. But it does hold on and the world and characters really open up into a story I found myself loving.
The pacing of Vevin Song was very smooth. I liked Jonathan’s writing style. There weren’t any difficult words or phrases that tripped me up and there is plenty of action to balance out what may seem a bit slower at times in the story or character development along the way. I though the author did a great job in describing the world around us which made it easy for me to lose myself in this book.
That brings us to the world building. This was certainly different than most things I’ve read. I don’t really have anything I can think of off the top of my head to compare it to at least. As the book goes on we learn more and more about the world or characters have found themselves in underwater but eventually find out more about the surface their families left behind in the past to bring things to the current time. By the end of the book we even start to learn of some other realms of existence including where the creatures from the sky came from and their history as well.
Lastly, we have the character development. It didn’t take me long to begin to connect with many of our characters. They were all so drastically different from each other. We have plenty of characters to love, not trust and out right dislike! We find out so much about so many characters throughout this book.
I’m so happy that I had a chance to read this one and thank Jonathan for approaching me to give his book a try. I’m really looking forward to seeing what is next for Marla and the survivors from this point!
I’d recommend this book to any readers of fantasy looking for a solid dystopian story about survivors with a good mix of the fantastical and magic sprinkled in. I feel there is enough both from plot and character driven readers to enjoy this one!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 5/5

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