25 Aug 2019

Review: Hamartia




★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆



From Goodreads:
Grace's nine-year-old son, Jordan, is dying. First, the Metagenesis disease will tear his soul from his body, and then it will kill him. Desperate for a cure, Grace agrees to take part in an illegal clinical trial cloning souls. Supported by her best friend Kay, the two embark on the ultimate "Vegas Vacation" to the past in search of the right soul to clone, racing against time to save Jordan's life. But someone is trying to stop them and when they discover why Grace must make a choice: let her son die or kill her husband. If she kills her husband, she triggers widespread Metagenesis, sealing the fate of the human race with a new plague.

Humanity is counting on Grace choosing to let her son die.


Hamartia = A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or a heroine.
'' There's supposed to be an action that reveals the protagonist's hamartia.''

The beginning dragged a lot, almost to the point that I wanted to quit reading. I had the feeling there was no way the plot could pick itself up and be more captivating. But it did. Right around when the book started its last third, the plot started to rush forward. I couldn't stop reading. Couldn't quit when there were so many questions still unanswered. 

Grace is experiencing the worst thing a mother can experience; an incurable sickness of her own child. Then, Grace is offered an opportunity to save her child. She takes it and she's hurtled back in time to clone a soul from her true soulmate. 

Now reading the synopsis again, I realise it spoils a big part of the book. It actually spoils the paradox that the author has created for the plot. But since I totally forgot what the synopsis said after reading it, it didn't spoil me so much. 

I would've liked to have more information about all the characters' backgrounds and history. Now there were mentions about their parentage and all, but most of it was there just to explain the current situation, not to foreshadow future reasons or enrichen the characters overall.

The ending was basically a cliffhanger for the next book. It ended in a way that there's no way that the reader won't be wanting to read the next instalment when it comes out. So points for that. 

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