Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Toxic by Lydia Kang

Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned—one girl has been left behind.

Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the boy assigned to watch her, she realizes that there is a world she has yet to experience but she is doomed to never meet.

When crew members begin mysteriously dying, Hana and Fenn realize that they are racing against the death of the ship to find a way to survive—unless someone kills them even before Hana’s truly had a chance to live.

Author: Lydia Kang (Website, Goodreads author page, Twitter)
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Buy online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
**The ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
(Actual) Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Toxic is for sure a book that I really had a difficult time appreciating. Honestly speaking even reviewing the book for me is really not easy because the book as a whole was not something I thoroughly enjoyed.

First reason is that it started off as if the setting would have already been familiar to the reader beforehand. I was a bit confused but I really wanted to be immersed into the world that it is illustrating. Having said that my part as a reader requires knowledge on the scientific terms as well. I felt a bit drained while reading and not pleasure. I admit that I did not finish the book. My curiosity just faded finding out that different characters development is not for me.

If there's one thing I liked it is the Korean culture presented in the plot about Goryeo dynasty. I wish it was a bit focused more on that and Hana's genes. I would have suggested it be introduced that way before diving right in with all the chaos ahead. I wish the development was headed towards the preservation of her ancestor or simply her side of the family related to Korean culture. I would really find that more interesting.

I look forward to read Toxic when I received it to be such a cool, mind-boggling sci-fi let alone that attractive cover makes it even more appealing to readers. Unfortunately, I did not have that privilege to enjoy it as much as reading it.

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