Title: Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles (The Black Bead Chronicles #1)
Author: JD Lakey
Published: May 3rd 2015
Publisher: Wayword Books
Format: Paperback (review copy)
Page Count: 164 pages
DISCLAIMER: EVEN THOUGH THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME BY THE AUTHOR FOR REVIEW, MY OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK WAS NOT IN ANY WAY BIASED OR MANIPULATED.
On a savage, outlying planet an enclave of psionically-trained humans have built a utopian, matriarchal society that lives in harmony with all life. Leaving behind the polluted and corrupt world in which they lived, they colonized a new home far from the eyes of the galactic empire. Shielded from the rest of the galaxy by the dangerous beasts that inhabit their lush, forested world, the village lives a simple life under their Home Dome. But their goal was more than just to live in peace – they wanted to create the perfect human who could bring peace to the galaxy. Rather than merely cloning themselves, they began to manipulate genes in order to create a race of mutants with enhanced telepathic powers. Under the direction of the ruling coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to asses their abilities – a test which is can plot the course for the rest of their lives.
Unfortunately, Cheobawn – the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome – is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. It seems the child the village had placed so much hope in would not be the future ruler they had hoped for. Yet there is something powerful about her that the elders don’t understand. Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day.
INITIAL THOUGHTS: I already guessed that this book was gonna be read in one-sitting considering it isn’t lengthy at all. The cover is gorgeous, I love the way it gleams at me. And as I read the blurb, I was so ready to dive in this adventure (yes, another dystopian world!)
THOUGHTS: I savored the way J.D. Lakey fused distinctive magical components into the story. A number of the characters had psychic resources and Cheobawn, the primary character, could control her own chi. These magical components were interlaced consistently into the Cheobawn’s reality.
J. D. Lakey made a wondrous showing with regards to with symbolism all through the story. I could limpidly picture each circumstance. The writer caused a lavish and energetic world that was loaded with risks that left the peruser pondering whether the characters would have the capacity to survive or not. Verbalizing of characters, they were excessively intriguing and very much created. My most loved characters were Cheobawn and Tam who indicated incredible valiancy all through the story and became well-developed by the end of the book. Appears to be homogeneous to a novella… in size be that as it may, packs a wealth of story in it. In any case, I truly relished it.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Quick paced and exciting although a little short. This is an okay beginning to a series. I would love to read on the next books. Recommended to anyone at any age who wants to get out a slump or just read a short new book from a fabulous author!.
Plot – 20%
Characterization – 20%
Writing Style – 13%
Book Cover Relevance – 5%
Feels – 9%
Shareability – 10%
TOTAL – 77%
The plot was refreshing but I wished that I could have read more (why is this book so short?) and I’m sure the characters will be more developed in the next book! The book cover is beautiful (and showcases the eventful part of the story). Just not enough feels for me but totally recommended to everyone!