Series: Legend of the Elementals
Author: Kyle Timmermeyer
Published Date: March 10, 2012
Copy provided by: author
Genre: fantasy, YA
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Purchase: Amazon / Smashwords
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Synopsis: Ryan, Erin, Kris, and Jason are heroes defined by the villain, unwitting assistants in a cataclysm brought about by an old man who calls himself… Devidis. The four modern, international teens awaken deep within a jungle canyon, a prison in the post-apocalyptic empire established by the tyrannical Devidis. Surrounded by danger, the four Elementals quickly embrace their new-found super-powered control of the elements–wind, fire, water and stone–under the guidance of Sensei, an imprisoned freedom fighter who believes that Devidis’ near omnipotence is a clear sign that the world is a persistent illusion in the mind of its evil emperor. And so the Elementals are forced to come of age in an increasingly hostile land. Though supernaturally capable, they are faced with a frightening possibility: are their hopes, goals, powers, friends, enemies, surroundings and selves… all an illusion? It’s “Final Fantasy meets X-Men” as worlds are torn asunder!
Review: I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s start with the cover. It’s awful. It reminds me of something I would expect to find as the cover of a manga comic book. And perhaps that’s what the author wants. Just not my style. But I’ve seen worse covers over better books so I still held out hope.
From the very beginning this book was confusing. What parent, a cop nonetheless, is going to bring his son to Japan from the US, to confront a madman who just flipped over a car and killed his partner? Especially when a huge natural disaster had just hit Japan?! Anyone remember the tsunami? What person in their right mind would willingly bring their child into a situation such as that to go after a madman? All of this defies any human instinct.
But let’s get beyond that, because then, logic goes way out the window when the son, Jason, meets up with another few kids, and finally confronts the madman (no adults present). The storyline goes from not quite logical to even worse as somehow they end up in a post-apocolyptic world where no one remembers the existence of basic geography such as the US, Japan, or any other county for that matter. And it deteriorates from there.
Now I’m not saying this is an absolutely awful book. It was an okay read. There were parts of it, specifically the middle where they were training, where it was pretty good. But the beginning and ending where just so out there as to make this book just a bad book.