Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy
by Lauren Bird Horowitz
A highly disappointing, over the top use of poetic language that often doesn’t make sense sun up this novel. Also, Ms. Horowitz breaks the single most important rule of the Fae (Fey, Faerie, Fay, Gentry), do not eat or drink their food. Not only that, Noa seems to survive on several pieces of bread and an apple as she goes through trials that are clearly inspired by the Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. She often breaks bones, several time compound fractures. She climbs mountains, wal`s over acid and all number of things without sleep or food.
Judah and Callum, her ‘loves’ are just as screwed up as she is and for a sixteen year old, Julia has an unnatural connection to her baby sister who really isn’t her baby sister but Callum and Judah’s baby sister. In fact, the entire purpose of the story is to find Sasha/Lily.
The novel begins in a strange school where imagination is forbidden. If one indulgeous in it, they vist the great Otec or as the kid call him the Man with White hand. He is build up as Darius, Judah’s and Callum’s father. Wrong. And yet, for a school where art is forbidden, Noa know`s what an expressionist painting is,
Then they slip into Faerie to find that the colors are ghetto-ized and being slaughtered for the use of their power, apparently for the use of their father who is a clear. And again we are led astray with the ciooizl
All in all, this ranks as a really bad trip down the rabbit hole or a really bad acid trip. Characters are inconsistent, often pretty pretty foul.
Ms.Howoritz claims to be a poet and occasionally uses some terms such as “girl-beast” repetitively to try to reach that feeling. These phrases feel forced as do the repeated escapes that should leave her bloody and shredded. Poetry shouldn’t be as forced as Ms. Howoritz. Fantasy `should not drift into horror and gore-porn unless you are Stephen King
The climax is ridiculous and quite frankly silly. Billed and advertised as a YA, this novel crosses over at times into horror and splatter punk with people being liquefied or turned to dust or used for their magic.
Two stars out of five This book is not Book Nerd Approved