Sowing (The Purification Era #1)

Write on: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 by  in Daryl's Reviews Read 2466

Sowing is the first book in The Purification Era series by Angie Grigaliunas. Although its labelled as YA, I would put it down as more of a Grimdark-ish fantasy. Its definitely more adult that YA. Set in a dystopian world on the brink of war, we follow two sisters who are completely different from each other. One is a rebel and the other is the perfect civilian, well perfect according to the power obsessed Hulcondans.

I really struggled with this book for a number of reasons. The first being the lack of world building. All we seem to get is that the city is surrounded by huge walls and a massive square in the middle where meetings are held. Apart from that there isn't much to work with which made it hard to imagine what it really looked like. The Characters were a bit flat and bland if that makes sense. We follow two sisters, Arilliah and Rabreah who couldn't be more different. Arilliah loves how things are run by the Hulcondans despite them continuously abusing their powers physically, mentally and sexually and that's mainly towards young girls. Despite witnessing this behaviour towards her sister, she still obeys the guards. I just couldn't relate to her in the slightest. Rabreah cannot stand how things are run and naturally pursues a life with a rebel group. You would think that would give her some freedom from the sexual harassment from the guards. Nope. The rebel leader sexually assaults her as a way of defeating her weaknesses. That's another thing i really Struggled with, the amount of rapes and sexual assaults towards women.

If its not actually happening we're being reminded that it did happen. I think this is the main reason I couldn't get into the book as much as I would have liked. Although the other characters were like paper cut-outs, I really Liked Rebreah. Probably because she's the only character with a rational mind. I found myself just wanting to read the book from her perspective. I can see where the author was going with this book and the want to make it dark and gritty, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Despite not fully enjoying this book, I still feel a bit invested and I really want to see what Rabreah's Future holds. This book will definitely appeal to those who like a grimdark and slow burn books. For this book to reach the top in a very, very competitive competition is a huge achievement!
3.5/10 Stars
Daryl Graves

Daryl is a 25 year old living in South Wales, UK. 

Outside of reading he enjoys ice hockey, live music and Gaming. Basically an all round nerd.