This was a solid, good read. Even though some may be of the opinion that is another Divergent or Hunger Games. But it had it's own flavour that can be appreciated. Yes, there was division in the dystopian society and yes there was a bit of romance. However, there was a difference. The characters were my favourite part of the book. It must have been challenging to write this piece and not make it sound like The Giver. Even more challenging to write Avant Nation is to ignore the stark similarities and inject enough difference to invoke emotion from the characters as well as the readers. C.D Verhoff is a brave writer.
The plot of two warring nations, divided groups in society that are expected to work cohesively with a splash of romance can only go so far. But writing it, painting a picture of shiny and neat with raw edges of basic human emotions is what brings life to Avant Nation. There was anxiety and angst in our lead characters which made me pin point them as my favourite part. We've seen these scenarios before but to get that emotion is truly original in this story.
Now,let's talk about Clara aka Boom, the lead female character. As a Compassionate, the most sympathetic of the divisions of the Avant society, she never truly stuck to what she was meant to be. I liked her. She had spunk and her humour was something I could appreciate. Even though she wasn't placed in a position she worked toward,she got so much and even more than she bargained for. The construction and destruction of relationships came with the new job more than the experience itself. With her mother, she was slapped with the fact that her mother, a Nurturer only played at loving her because it was her job. The truest love, it seems, that existed in her family was that between Clara and her younger sister. Both being Defective, she slipped under the radar but her sister wasn't as fortunate. bv She owned being a Defective and showed that it was better than just being what she was engineered to be. But those who are interested, the plot twist calls for a mug of coco and a serious sit down with this book.
Hawk, was personally, my favourite character. After his show of superiority at the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure about him. After, he abandoned Clara in the ditch but explained he did it to protect her, I liked him. But of course, they were separated because of their career placements. His reappearance at the least expected moment, was a pleasant surprise for me. When things went bad he protected her. He was a Rugged, one of the physically strongest groups of the Avant Society. When they faked being in love for survival, they had no idea that their survival would reveal it was real. His confession of what he felt for Clara warmed me and gave purpose behind his need to protect and provoke Clara. I felt Hawk's struggle as a soldier,when his foundation of his belief was shaken. Not only be there mission target but also by Clara. As we know, soldiers of any nation tend to be some of the most patriotic and loyal citizens of any nation. They believe that they have a duty to preserve the beliefs of their country. So, when that belief system of challenged his internal struggle was palpable.
Both characters had internal struggles that echoed with me. It is that kind of emotional reach from any novel that sets apart from any other. It's why I can over look some editorial issues and appreciate what this author put on paper. The message I take away from this book that even in reality society will try to put you in a perfect little box. Majority of us will try to make ourselves fit in that box. Only those who dare to defy everything put in place, they become greater than expected and far better than what is designed.
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