Summary : Horrifying witch-apocalypse lined with dangerous conflict, brilliant banter, and risky adventures.
Salem’s Revenge Book 1 makes quite an impression as it jumps from ordinary to shocking at the turn of a page. Ingenious writing, quick-witted humor, and Hex the magical dog engage readers where some characters may not in this surprising post-apocalyptic thriller.
Rhett Carter, once a foster child, finally has stability. He has great friends, a girlfriend he adores, parents that care, and a cute sister who loves to antagonize him. Life could not be better, but its about to get complicated. The government has started persecuting witches. Rumor has it the witches are planning an uprising that could change it all, and they do. Witches all over the world besieged humanity. Society is in shambles. The minuscule pockets of survivors are in hiding. The fate of all humans is questionable and Rhett finds himself utterly alone surrounded by death and the glimmer of hope that transforms him into a witch hunter.
This young adult novel sets the stage in a dull town, with typical teenagers who have typical lives. Everything is very suburbia like, and pretty boring until the massacre of humanity occurs. The story rapidly becomes more interesting as the world as we know is shattered, different factions of witches rise, and witch-hunters emerge. World building starts off slow, but does not disappoint. The pace is consistently uneven with bouts of intense action, horror, and waiting. Fortunately, there is always sarcasm to distract.
Characters are hilarious, they make the story that much more enjoyable. It was fortunate that the characters that I initially thought would be leads were not. They struck me as drab and stuffy. The strays picked up along the way are a different story. They are a charming surprise that add depth and comic relief in the sea of anger and longing that Rhett becomes. During the first half of the book Rhett’s character struggles to elicit a connection, but his metamorphose changes that. The introduction of the characters he takes under his wing creates a balance for anger that fuels him and brings out a comical side that works well against the dreary remains of humanity and the struggle to to fight back.
This is the first YA novel I’ve allowed myself to become absorbed with in a long time. The premise of witch induced apocalypse lured me in. What I found captured my attention. Whats more, I laughed incessantly in spite of the monstrosities around every corner. Perfect read when you are in the mood for horror, adventure, and laughter.
*** This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***