Friday, August 22, 2014

Unbound Book Review



 About the Book

He must be released for a little while.
But the one who sees doesn’t believe.

Elijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica? He’s never even been to Rome.

It’s bad timing, too. He’s graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the International Security Agency. That’s where he meets Naomi. She’s the kind of girl who makes boys like Elijah want to share their secrets. Were they brought together to learn what his secrets mean? There’s more to their sparks than they think.

This is 2066, the year the world ends. (Goodreads)

My Review

This book was really great! I think it might in the top few books of the year for me. I wasn't sure I would like this book because everyone has a different take on what the end times could be like. Unbound takes you into 2066, and the futuristic ideas, droids etc, were actually pretty realistic. I don't think that the technologies or theories behind this story are too far fetched or over the top and some of the things made me laugh. There is a part about digital books and regular hardback/paperback books. There is a line that says they are now considered rare since everyone has gone digital. I thought it was funny because that is the direction everyone is going. 
I like Elijah's character and the entire thought process behind the story line. I honestly couldn't stop reading because I was so into the story and theories. I wasn't sure how Simmons would use the Bible in the book but I really like how he approached the end times. Using Biblical examples, Simmons portrays a possibility as to what could happen.  Elijah is not a Christian which actually adds to the storyline and character growth. 
The romance or relationship thing I think went too fast. I didn't think it was very realistic but then again this is a novel. The only other thing that bugged me just a little bit is that Naomi, who is a strong believer, uses her looks in order to entice Elijah into her plan. Granted, the storyline is clean, I thought it was a bit odd for her to "promise Elijah a kiss if he does this" type idea. The topic comes up multiple times with other men mentioning the fact that Elijah is following her because she is a pretty woman. It's just something that I didn't think added to the story line.
There are dreams, a dragon, a spy agency, and a bit of romance all wrapped up nicely in this novel. The end times are made to look more real and reminded me a bit of the Left Behind series. 

The book really leaves you hanging so I am way ready for the next book to come out!

Five stars!

Highly recommend!

This book comes out September 13th!

"Thanks so much to the author for letting me receive an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review."

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Michelle, thanks so much for your review! It is quite an honor to have made it into your top few books of the year, especially among your impressive list. I promise more excitement to come in the sequel.

As you said, Unbound officially launches on September 13. But you can pre-order a copy now on Amazon:

Thank you again, and keep up the great work on your site!