Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review: In His Command (Don't Tell #1) by Rie Warren

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours
363 Pages

In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn't just dangerous, it's deadly.It is the year 2070. Generations ago, the world was annihilated by catastrophic environmental events. The survivors were driven to live in big city centers ruled by the Company. To rebuild the world’s population, the oppressive Company had one rule: all homosexuals must be exterminated.

Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation—and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. For months, the commander has harbored illicit desire for Rice, knowing he cannot act on his attraction. Privileged, polished, and groomed to one day take over the Company, Rice is drawn to the rugged, military man. Yet Rice has his own mysterious agenda, and he knows their love can be as dangerous as the wasteland they must traverse.

Now leaving the besieged city behind, the two men embark on a journey that becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal—and forbidden passion. But when danger catches up to them, can Cannon trust the secretive man who holds his heart—and his fate?


I wish I could just post a bunch of quotes from this book as a review. If you could get a glimpse, you'd understand how… difficult it was to finish this. I'll just leave you with my top five reasons for not enjoying this book and then give you a couple of quotes to accentuate my thoughts.

1) The author tried way too hard to make the narrator sound like a man, and her back-and-forth prose (between poetic and callous) did not work for me in the least. I could not picture the main character as a male. No matter how hard the author tried, the perspective felt very feminine. With the hardships the two main characters go through, Caspar (our narrator) did not seem to accurately represent the man he was supposed to be. He was a contradiction through and through. I sincerely disliked him, and his wishy-washy personality. His inability to trust was understandable at first, but over time, it bored me and the constant reiteration was tiresome. 

2) I didn't like the main characters, Nathaniel aka "Blondie" and Caspar, nor did I understand their insta-lust relationship. They were awkward and unrealistic to the era of which they are a part, and the author was never able to give me a real emotional connection--to any of the characters, even the minor ones, for whom we, as the readers, were supposed to feel sorry. I left this book scratching my head, wondering which characters should've left their mark on me. The interactions were also extremely uncomfortable, and unbelievable. Everything about In His Command was completely .

3) The book went on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. And I still didn't understand what was really going on by the end. The plot was nonsensical in my opinion and though there were some very intriguing ideas put forth, they were never given the proper attention. In His Command was one big ol' jumbled mess.

4) What could've been. There was a really good story buried underneath the flaws of this book. I'm a big fan of M/M romance novels, so when I found out a big name publisher was giving one a go, I was immediately on board. The dystopian side of this story is almost realistic based on the (sadly) common views of homosexuality today, and I was interested to see the author's take on this futuristic society. It was not well done in my opinion. It was actually quite bizarre, and it only got worse as the book went on. Nothing made sense, each event was piled one on top of the other until you were too overwhelmed to understand what the hell was going on. Cue the frustration. 

5) The awkward sex. Oh boy. It was awkward. There was dirty talking (them) and horrified laughter (me). There was absolutely nothing erotic about this erotica. I was actually rather turned off by the displays of intimacy between these characters. I skimmed almost all of the sex scenes, because no. The sex between the minor characters was almost unbearable. I'm making weird faces just thinking about this. 

Okay. I have to admit though. Something about the book compelled me to finish. Most likely it was because this book was a train wreck: horrible, but impossible to look away from. The author could've had something great, but it was the overly dramatic point-of-view and the plot that was in shambles did nothing for In His Command. It is more than likely that my journey with this series, and probably this author ends here. I'm no longer interested.
I received an e-copy of this novel for my honest opinion and review from the publisher via Netgalley.

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