Review: The Fearless by Emma Pass

Dystopia, Recommendations, Review
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Title: The Fearless
Author: Emma Pass
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Publication Date: April 2014
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect – anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.
Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother – and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.
The Fearless is a great book about an injection which causes you to feel no fear. Unfortunately, you feel no emotions whatsoever. Soon things get out of hand and everyone affected by the injection comes together to form a massive army, The Fearless. Together they invade the country. Cass (A young girl at the time of the invasion) and her family move to Hope Island. Move forward seven years, Cass’s brother gets taken by The Fearless, and Cass goes on an epic adventure to find him.
Cass needs to find her brother before he can be ‘altered’. My favorite character was Cass because she’s a strong, brave character with a passion. My favorite part of the story involved the creation of the injection and Cass’s best friend Sol. I really liked the way the emotions were portrayed. I also really enjoyed Cass and Myo’s relationship although I do think it could have been developed further.
The story is told from the point of view of Cass, Myo, and Sol, each in turn allowing the reader to see the feelings of each important character in turn. I thought the plot was very believable. the scene was set early within the book, a lot of detail within the descriptions allowed for me to identify with Hope Island. A map of each main place was included in the book to aid understanding of where the characters were. The author explained the situations in detail and all the loose ends were tied up at the end. I really liked the message within the story, even when things seem out of control all hope is not lost.
I would certainly recommend Emma Pass’s books as she has a great writing style. You can feel the emotions of all the characters, the fuse of first person narrative aids the empathy you feel for each of them. I loved this book!

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