Friday, 3 April 2015

Book Review: Kinetic by SK Anthony


Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.

A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything…


My Review:
The first thing that attracted me to this book were the beautiful vivid colours of the cover...that made me read a description of the book and I entered the giveaway on the blog to win a copy-which I did win. Annie has been genetically altered by a Government Agency and uses her enhanced strength to hunt criminals, working with others who also have gifts. I had thoughts of this being a government version of X Men.

I shouldn't have got my hopes up.

I expected Annie to be a strong character, not just because of her gift but because she is a government agent. She was actually very weak, a bit whiny and couldn't seem to do anything right. She is still pining for her criminal mastermind ex husband who left and betrayed her and is now to be killed on site by the agency. So when Annie easily captures him, she goes all soft and decides to just let him go. The guy is a murderer, a psycho and you let him go so he can continue to kill and bring chaos to the world? And why does she let him go? She loves him! Aww, sweet! No, this is bullcrap. You have a job to do Annie. You either kill him or keep him subdued and hand him over to your bosses. Instead, not only does she let him go, she lets a friend lie about what happened so Annie won't get fired for letting Nick escape. For the next chapter Annie starts moaning about what a bad man Nick is and how he must be stopped. You are the one who chose to let him go! This is not a strong woman, this is a pathetic idiot!

My opinion of Annie is further enforced by the ridiculous relationship between her and Derek. Derek is her boss who wants to bed her (it's anyone's guess why) and her friends try to talk her into giving him a chance, even though she isn't interested. Annie keeps evading the issue and never really saying 'no Derek, this is NOT going to happen'. She keeps mumbling excuses about why it isn't a good idea, giving him half hearted brush offs and then moaning to the reader that he won't leave her alone and is harrassing her. SO TELL HIM NO! No, Annie prefers to be an ostrich, burying her head in the sand and thinking Derek will just go away. Then she wonders if she should date him just to prove Nick is in the past, then a page later she is wishing Derek would leave her alone, then she lets him bully her into a date. What is wrong with this women??? TELL HIM NO! She is so weak and pathetic that I wanted to strangle her for not dealing with his bullshit.

As for Derek, I couldn't stand the creepy little pervert. Putting aside Annie's mixed messages, the guy is a slimeball. He should not be grabbing her in meetings and trying to grope and kiss her when she hasn't agreed to be a couple. He sexually harrasses her, makes inappropriate comments and uses his position of boss to bully Annie into dating him. He is a cretin. Annie's friends weren't much better and I never trusted any of them. This was the working environment from hell. Lisa was such a bitch that you had the feeling she would sabotage any mission or kill someone just to make life hard for Annie. I mean seriously, can you really have someone like that in a world saving government agency type thing?

There was a serious lack of world building in this book. We are dropped right in to the plot, being told what powers Annie and her colleagues had. However I feel there is little to tell us what exactly the company is, how it developed, how the people were selected and changed, how they all came to work together-it is glossed over, mentioned briefly or totally omitted, leaving us pretty much in the dark for background. I hate long boring info dumps but having so little information leaves you asking yourself questions that you can't get an answer to. The author seems to want to devote more time to Annie's lovelife and inane relationships with her 'friends' than developing the superhero storyline, the thing I picked up the book to read. Disappointing.

The writing style as well did not really appeal to me. To really engage me as a reader you have to show me what is happening. To do that you need to slowly build the world and drag me into it, the way The Hunger Games and Harry Potter do. This didn't happen because there was too little information and what was there was told, not shown. I never engaged in the characters, I couldn't imagine if this was meant to be a dystopian future or set in an urban fantasy present. I couldn't see or feel the world or imagine what was happening. I just felt no connection to it at all.

The story itself could have been something good but I just didn't enjoy the way it was developed and presented. Sadly, I can't see me reading anything else by this author.


 
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