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November Rain (Bad Bloods Book 1) by Shannon A. Thompson

Thursday, February 2, 2017
November Rain, Bad Bloods, Shannon A. Thompson, young adult, science fiction, dystopian, book review

Source: I bought a copy of this book from the author at Penned Con 2016.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: July 18, 2016

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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

Review

Serena is a bad blood, a member of a group of people who possess superhuman abilities. Bad bloods are considered sub-human and are summarily executed in Verdona. On her way to being executed, Serena manages to escape; however, she is not safe because the city of Vendona has been put on high alert while the authorities search for her.

Out on an errand for supplies, a fellow bad blood, Daniel, runs into Serena. Realizing that she is the escapee that the authorities are searching for, he takes her to a safe house. He knows that helping her is a risk, but he feels an undeniable connection to her. What Serena and Daniel do not realize is that their connection could be what saves the bad bloods in the upcoming election; an election that will ultimately decide the fate of all bad bloods in Vendona.

I loved this book! It's an unlikely combination of gritty and clean that is executed beautifully.

The action starts at the beginning of the book, and the plot moves forward quickly as readers discover what's going on from Serena's and Daniel's points of view. I liked how Thompson managed to establish what was going on without detracting from the plot's quick pace.

The dystopian world is immersive and complex with political intrigue outside of, and within, the bad bloods' ranks. The characters are interesting; many are children who possess wisdom beyond their years because many of them were thrown out of their homes, and lived on the streets before they were taken in by factions called "flocks." I think that the characters are fairly well-developed, and I get the feeling that Thompson will reveal more about Serena and Daniel as the series progresses.

What is not revealed is the origin of the bad bloods; are the abilities a natural evolutionary step, like the X-Men, or is the mutation caused by an event in the past that exposed people to a mutagen? I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't revealed; however, even the characters seem to be unsure of how bad bloods came to be, but Thompson does hint that more of the bad bloods' origin story will be revealed as the series develops.

November Rain is a promising first book of the Bad Bloods series; it provides readers with enough information to get hooked while offering hints at what's to come. A fantastic dystopian, young adult novel for fans of the genre!

About Shannon A. Thompson

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Shannon A. Thompson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.
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