Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review: H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath by Natalie Wright

H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath
by Natalie Wright
Publisher: Boadicea Press
Published: Jan. 29, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers, hidden from humans and sedated. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly. 

Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement gives way to shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll escape the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill? 

The two may need to forget their rules and training if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.

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 My Thoughts:

A young, homeless woman is offered a thousand dollars just to come and listen to a job proposal, a quarter of a million to complete the job successfully, and then a pension for the rest of her life. That's what got her into the position she was into at the prologue - nearly ready to give birth to what she had come to call "the little monster".

H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath grabbed my attention right from the beginning because this obviously wasn't any kind of normal job offer. Something very strange was going on.

Erika, Ian and Jack are three teens on a jaunt in the desert. This threesome is attacked by some hoodlums who would traffic Ericka across the border into the sex trade. They are rescued by a pale, strange looking creature that sort of looks human. The creature closes up Jack's bullet wound and they escape the military who want H.A.L.F. 9 back. Ericka insists on H.A.L.F. 9 having a name and since he won't chose one for himself, she chooses the name Tex for him.

H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath was a very fast-paced novel with a lot of action and twists and turns in the plot. The whole idea of a human-alien hybrid was quite fascinating.

I liked the romantic tension between Jack and Ericka and appreciated that it was kept clean. There is some mild swearing.

The characters seemed real to me. They had depth to them. I particularly liked Tex. He was very child-like, which I would expect, having been raised in such a sheltered environment.

I was surprised at the ending in the story and can’t wait to find out why it happened that way. I’ll be watching for the next volume of H.A.L.F. to become available.
I very much enjoyed this young adult science fiction novel and would recommend it to other readers of these genres. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can't resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.
Natalie spent her formative years on a farm in Ohio living in a creaky old farmhouse, gathering natural clay and crawdads from the creek, and using the moss growing on the rocks in the woods as a carpet for her Barbie dolls. It was a fertile environment for an active imagination and an inquisitive mind.
Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She is, however, a city girl at heart and vows never to live anyplace for long where she can’t get take-out food delivered to her door. Natalie finds inspiration in travels and the desert environment of her home in Tucson, Arizona where she lives with her husband, young daughter and her dog Molly.
"Books are my friends, ideas my passion."

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