When I read the blurb, I was so intrigued and I had such high expectations for this book. In The Rift Uprising, the world is a version of earth set in the future, but a ‘tear’ (the Rift) in the universe allows creatures and humans from other worlds to come into this version of earth. To protect this version of earth, children are implanted with devices developed by a higher species to become defenders of the Rift. It seemed like such a unique and intriguing storyline, but sadly, the book didn’t live up to its full potential.
I loved the concept of the Rift; a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close, and the Citadels; that elite, enhanced teen soldiers are specially chosen to guard it, but it still didn’t meet my expectations from reading the blurb. I quite enjoyed the book, but I felt that it could have been so much better and more interesting if it hadn't been for the Insta-love and Blood Lust thing that turned the story into focusing too much on sex. This also made it hard to really like the heroine Ryn. She came across as quite selfish, immature and all too occupied with thinking about sex.
What I did love though, was all the references in the book to movies and TV shows like Ender's Game, Transformers, and Buffy; that really added an extra flavor to the story and almost made me laugh out loud at times.
“Are those motherf-cking vampires?”
“See? This is why I was always Team Jacob.”
“Twilight? Really? That’s what you’re going to go with? The entire vampire canon and that’s what you choose?”
I also really loved the friendship in Team Beta and some of the characters; Henry, Ezra (if it hadn’t been for the way he came into Ryn’s life) and Violet. I also have a hunch that Levi be bad-boy-turned-good in the next book and that Ryn’s feelings for him will start to change.
But all in all, this book was not quite what I had hoped for, and even though I have a feeling that the second book will take the story in the right direction, I don’t think I will continue this series.
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Amy S. Foster
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