Number of pages: 448
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 1
Release Date: July 10th, 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I really wasn’t familiar with the history this was based on going into this book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Still, I didn’t expect what I got.
First, I have so many unanswered questions concerning the colour powers. What are the colour power options? Why do we hear about people aligning with brown and grey, but not purple or orange? Why does red control fire but not yellow? What exactly can certain colours do? Why do you need a mask made by your parents to continue your studies? (there is an attempt made to answer this one) Is your colour alignment hereditary? If so, why does Thomas hope to align with grey if his father’s mask is black. Also, do the parents make the masks a certain colour in the hopes their child aligns with that colour? If so, what happens if the child doesn’t align with that colour? If not, how do the masks come to reflect the colour alignment of the wearer? Why do white and black count as colours? There is so much that isn’t explained. The concept of everyone having colour powers was an interesting one, but it was poorly executed if I have this many questions.
I found Thomas to be really annoying and quite dense. He was really whinny and impatient and constantly complaining about his situation. And the random arguments he had with his father over his mask awkwardly inserted into sentences did not help endear him to me. They would be talking about food, and then Thomas would bring up that he still doesn’t have his mask. His dad would also promise him he would get him his mask, and then Thomas would complain to his dad about not having a mask the next day.
The writing just tried too hard in the beginning. There was a sentence like 2 chapters in that was along the lines of “the clouds cried their tears of misery upon me, further adding to my despair” (not an actual quote). Just say it was raining. The thing is that the writing seemed to have given up by the end. It was like the overwritten sentences suddenly disappeared. I’m not really complaining about the disappearance of the overwritten sentences. I’m complaining about the lack of consistency.
The best character by far was White Light, and it was barely in the book. It actually had a sense of humour, and it kept being ignored despite it being the only thing that actually knew how to solve the problems the characters faced. 90% of the problems in this book could have been easily solved if Thomas had listened to White Light.
Overall, I really wasn’t a fan of Fawkes, earning it 1 star out of 5.