Broken City, by D.D. Chant

Deeta has been sheltered all her life…

In a world destroyed by a financial crisis gone too far, tribal factions struggle to survive.  For Deeta’s tribe, those ‘unbroken’ tribe members like her are kept within the confines of their tower block.  But when one of theirs is kidnapped and this way of life is threatened Deeta finally gets to experience the outside world – good and bad.

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Post-apocalyptic/YA

Length: ~300 pages

Ok ok, I’m a sucker for a post-apoc novel… and this one would perhaps fall under the ‘coming of age’ post-apoc sub genre.  The majority of the book is narrated from the perspective of Deeta – who might be described by some as annoyingly naive.  I found, however, that her ‘blindness’ is perhaps part of the hook, in that you spend most of the book waiting for the penny to drop.

The premise and world which has been crafted here is also rather insightful – that a financial crisis could drive the world to riots and ruin and that the majority of ‘survivors’ would band into tribal factions.  The background for all of this was also naturally delivered, i.e. not thrown at you in the first dozen pages allowing the reader to ask questions that are answered further down the line.

So what did it entail?  A traditional ‘quiet setting’ followed by being thrown into some high-paced scenes. Some intrigue, romance, betrayal, politics, espionage and finally a little bit of fighting…

What were the possible downfalls? I could see some becoming frustrated with Deeta’s character and some of the text could have used a bit more polish, but the quality of the story itself made up for any of these – in the end this provided 2 days of welcome distraction.

Disclaimer: There were some editorial problems, but as these have since been ironed out it hasn’t affected the rating.

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