Hilary Thompson's "Justice Buried"
Well, another Saturday, another book finished. I’m thinking of trying to do more than just one, but we’ll see about that. Anyway, today I’m talking about a book from a new author (new to me at least), Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson.
Justice Buried is the first book in the Starbright series, and I’m not too sure how many books there will be, but Justice Buried is a story about Astrea, a young woman who is tasked with fulfilling a prophecy that has her as a savior of Asphodel, a city that has been underground for more than a century, after the world above ground has been devastated by the Great Sickness, an apocalyptic occurrence that all but destroyed the world as it was once known, leaving little more than three cities.
Problem with the prophecy is, Astrea isn’t a believer in it, so we see her struggle to come to terms with her free will or lack thereof, with her significant other and future job, and role in the city’s future, already determined by the aforementioned prophecy.
Astrea, being a rebellious young adult, fights this, refusers to accept or be happy about the lack of control she has over her own life. This trait is something I can respect in a character; sadly, that’s really the only thing I can say about the lead of this book that isn’t negative. To sum Astrea up, she’s whiny, naïve, immature and fickle, her stance on certain characters constantly shifting, sometimes so suddenly I almost got whiplash (not really, but you get my point). There are fewer things I dislike in leads more than fickleness.
I would chock up her shortcomings to her youth, but there are young people around her who are more relatable and likeable. Astrea however, is not, an that squanders things for me. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that had a mc a found as annoying as I found Astrea. The “romance” of the book, if it can be called that, was underwhelming, unbelievable, and if I’m being honest, irritating. My standard for romance are high thanks to a series I got into a few years ago, and I measure every romantic relationship against those in that series (which isn’t really fair, but neither is life). The romantic relationships in this one just felt stale and at times, too contrived. That, along with the off-putting lead, dampened my enjoyment of this books creative world considerably. I’m interested in what happens next, but the follow-up definitely isn’t topping my tbr list.