Perfect World by Shari Sakurai
If you’re not down with M/M romance, this book is not for you. There’s also violence.
Perfect World by Shari Sakurai follows Eric Rawlins, a genetically modified human created to protect London. He’s constantly trying to foil Adam Larimore’s evil schemes. Through a series of events, Eric begins to see that everything he’s been trained to believe is a lie, and that allies can be found in the unlikeliest places.
I love futuristic worlds. This one is set one hundred years in the future, deals with modified humans, and talks about what happened now that the ice caps have melted. This is plot hole #1. According to research here, (NatGeo and UK Mail for those of you that don’t want to go to another link but want my sources) London would be underwater and therefore, there would be no setting.
Anywho, both the protag, Eric, and the antag, Adam, are genetically modified to be the perfect superhero/villain. Issue number two comes with their developing relationship. Adam, apparently has had a thing for Eric for a long time, despite manipulating and one-upping Eric and the L.S.A. for years. Despite the fact that they’ve been enemies for years, they fall into a relationship fairly quickly. There are a few arguments, issues about trust, but instead of these two coming together in a passionate manner, it’s more of Adam seducing Eric, which makes me wonder if he’s just leading him on again. Adam just didn’t feel genuine to me. Eric was almost a Gary Stu. He’s been programmed to protect London, and everything he does reflects that. I didn’t particularly like or dislike either of them. The rest of the characters didn’t come alive on the page, and I felt ambivalent about the whole lot.
This book is more a story about Eric’s personal growth than any big plot to save London. I think if the author develops this series further, we’ll see more action. There is a bit of violence and a few skirmishes in this book but it’s more of a romance than a thriller, but we’re set up in an interesting position for the next book.
My last issue is with the writing itself. The sentences are unnecessarily wordy and awkwardly phrased, and we’re told a lot of what’s going on instead of being shown. It was really hard to get through. With some rewrites and help of an editor, the pacing and prose would have been much better.
My Rating: 2.1/5
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