When I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I was in the mood for YA Science Fiction and already had a few lined up but this opportunity came and I knew I had to take it!
The Sin Soldiers is the first book in the Fragments series. I already can’t wait for the next book! Since I’m not good with summaries and probably will give most of the story away, here’s the blurb:
Red compound makes them angry. Yellow exhausts them. Blue drives them into a state of ravenous addiction. The thief Kai knows about the chemically controlled soldiers of the Eastern forces and their savage, deadly nature. When a robbery attempt at Club Seven goes wrong, Kai is captured by a handler and his bestial soldier-boy. She wakes up inside the military base with no idea what happened to her twin brother, Dex.
Things go from bad to worse when Kai is started on a drug and training regimen, and forced to take injections of blue compound. The scientists in charge plan to make her into a working soldier who will mine the mysterious power crystals beneath the desert. Kai becomes a victim of the bully Finn, a handsome but nasty soldier whose years on red compound seem to have erased his humanity. Still, she begins to pity the Seven Soldiers, including the monstrous boy who tried to rip her to shreds at the club. They appear to be nothing more than genetically enhanced, drug-controlled teenagers.
On the outside, Dex and his tech-savvy boyfriend try to crack the soldiers’ chemical code to find a weakness that will break the system. But Kai has already been drawn deep into her new world. Strong feelings for the soldiers she’s come to know have started to cloud her judgment. Can she escape and find Dex without becoming a monster herself?
Thank you to The Parliament House who gave me the opportunity to review this book. In no way does the process of how I received this book, influence my opinion.
This was written really well and felt fresh. I can tell the world built, was well thought through. It’s different from everything being just in labs and so dystopian. There were different parts/settings. It’s written in the third person which I like recently when telling stories like these. We’re brought into the world of every character while knowing who’s the main characters. For seventeen chapters, it was paced out well. Not once did I want a chapter to end or felt like it dragged because there was always something to look forward to?
I had high expectations for our main character, Kai. Being a thief in a dystopian setting surrounded by soldiers should toughen you up, right? Yet when Kai’s captured it’s as if an entirely different person took over. Someone who’s scared an afraid and never seen soldiers before. It pushed me off that she didn’t use her strengths as much but showed more weaknesses. Her brother, Dex showed his ability when he tried to find his twin sister. He was smart and acted as if he knew what he was doing. Yet later in the book, he becomes gullible and oblivious to the right things. At one point it aggravated me he was so blind to see the bad.
Charlie Manning, our blue compound soldier caught my heart, but I pitied him every step of the way. Blue makes you addicted and turns you mentally into a beast. Throughout the novel, Charlie mentions that he’s just waiting for it to come—which is right around the corner. The author made the right move to make someone as dangerous as Charlie have an open personality. It’s one way to draw in the readers. Finn was quite an obvious character that I knew from the start would soften for Kai and have a backstory. He’s a red compound and made Kai’s life even worse when she was put on the blue compound. Tessa was the girl before Kai. I love how Charlie and Finn are so caring toward her and how she treats both of them fairly. It makes sense to have such attachments with people you’ve known your entire life. She’s not like other female characters, Tessa shows emotions but doesn’t let them become her weakness. All three of them are alert and knows the drill. They have to though, they’ve been doing this since they were kids!
Apart from the different characters, I found it easier to navigate through the novel after a while. It was easy on what to expect next. Especially with Dex’s connections when Kai was captured. A bigger threat awaited all of them on the outside.
"For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day," - 47% into the book
I liked the red, blue and yellow compound. It sort of reminded me of The Maze Runner and how they had to use children who had the cure. They were kept separate. The Sin Soldiers, however, are used until they physically and mentally have no use in the world left. They have handlers and theirs is Marco who wasn’t liked by many and I wished moved onto their side. Since Charlie is blue, every day he’s being stripped from humanity. There’s more compound going into him to a point where he’ll just be a solider, nothing less or more. I’m intrigued to see where the author takes Charlie especially. Finn was almost there but eased a bit after Kai arrived. I’m not too sure about Tessa...
Overall, I enjoyed the story enough to give it four stars and can’t wait for the second book!