Review of Tremor by Ryan Mark

(This book was sent to me as a review copy for the site, it has not and will not affect what I think or say about the book.)

This book was kindly sent to me by Ryan himself for me to review for the site, and he even signed it, so the first thing I want to do is thank him for that! I’m not quite sure how to write an introduction for this review, other than to say this is an indie novel, and a pretty good one at that too!

A war occurred not long ago, lasting 1 year and 8 months, which saw the end of all governments, called the Fossil War. The lands are now controlled by Terrafall, a company who claim to have the public’s best interests in mind, but William thinks differently. His dad, employed by Terrafall, has already gone missing. Then his mother goes missing too, and he decides enough is enough. He wants to find out the truth about the tremors and his mother’s disappearance.

I really did, genuinely, like this book. I feel like there’s such a negative attitude that’s attached to independent authors and their books, and I’ve been someone that had this attitude, but then books like come along and they reignite some faith in the independent market again. 

With dystopian novels, it’s always interesting to read them as we see what the author thinks a futuristic and broken down society would look like, and the society dreamed of in Tremor is unlike any other society I’ve ever heard about before. That’s not a critical point by the way, 

I call into question some of the ritualistic practices we’re shown are practiced in this society, but hey, it’s Ryan’s society, so it’s not really fair to criticize it. 

However, sad as it may be to write, no book is perfect, and I did have a few things I picked up on that I wanted to quickly mention.

William may have an interesting backstory and may well be a very interesting character, but I didn’t get nearly enough depth and explanation about him as I wanted to. 

Also, I’ve made a point of saying before that I’m not a huge fan of books that have been written in the knowledge that they will be part of a trilogy. Tremor is, but unlike other books, it’s done a lot less obviously but is noted to be part of a series in the end pages. Now because you could probably read Tremor and not read any other book that’s yet to be released, it’s not too big of a problem, but it’s just a thought I wondered whether to share or not. 

Ryan, I really liked this book, and I look forward to reading what you have to write next. 

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