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Part of the Free (Kindle) series.
Title: Of Cinder & Bone
Author: Kyoko M.
First off, foreboding title? Check!
Poem in the beginning which actually connects to the story while being a decent poem on its own? Check!?
Weird – for me, at least. I generally keep my prose and poetry separate, but somehow it worked. Similarly, the main text was a mix of realistic and purple prose descriptions. The latter hit and missed, but luckily, scientific descriptions (i.e. realistic in SF/F land) won the day. Dialogue leaned more toward realistic.
Diversity? Check – with decent representation which subverted a number of covert metaphors with ones better suited to the characters’ background. Biggest critique – wouldn’t have thought this would take place at MIT. Understand where it’s set – my argument would be to place it at a medical school or one with a reputation for genetic biology being a forefront. Maybe there’s something Google and I don’t know. Secret societies?
Overall, an exciting adventure with thought and depth that I’ve been missing in my last few reads. I’ve already started looking over Kyoko’s other titles, but guys – seriously – check this one out. It’s free and 100% worth it!