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Book Review – Architects of Destiny by Amy DuBoff

Architects of Destiny by Amy DuBoff
Series: Cadicle, #1
First published on April 17th 2015 by BDL Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 168
Source: Book Review Request
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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The people of Earth have no idea that their planet is a lost colony of the galaxy-spanning Taran empire. But with Taran civilization on the brink of war, salvation may come from the most unlikely of places…

Cris Sietinen, heir to the most influential Dynasty in the Taran empire, was born with rare telekinetic gifts–abilities he refuses to ignore, regardless of the governing Priesthood’s decrees. Determined to be true to himself, and test the limits of his abilities, Cris escapes his stifled life of business and politics on Tararia to begin a new life exploring the stars.

When Cris unexpectedly receives an invitation to join the Tararian Selective Service (TSS), the only organization to offer an official telekinesis training program, a new future awaits. It’s his dream opportunity to be among people like himself, free from the Priesthood and political objectives. Except, Cris’ path was designed, and he’s right where the Priesthood wants him.


Do any of you notice how catchy the book cover is? I admit that’s also one of the reasons why I agreed to review this book haha. (You can’t blame a 4-eyed monster like me)

This was actually my first time reading a genre like this (and mind you, I’m not into galaxy-related stuff too), so I was quite dubious if I could be able to finish it. But I took the challenge and am determined to finish it. Luckily, this book didn’t give me a chance to change my mind and drop it.

To my surprise, this book started so fast that I think I’m going to lose my breath (kidding aside). I always know if a story is going to be boring just by reading its first chapter, and in all fairness, this book passed my test.

Architects of Destiny as we all know is the first book in the Cadicle series which serves as its introduction. All we’re properly introduced, including the settings, which mind you, left my jaw dropped. Why’s that?  Well, what can you expect of a person who isn’t familiar with galaxies (I think I was absent when galaxy was discussed at school) and ships.

I can’t deny that this book has some potential, but I can’t say that I like it that much. As you can see above, I only gave this story a 3-star rating. Which means, 50/50. I am not really a kind of reader that is more into descriptive stories, so I admit that I’ve skipped some lines. What also baffles me is that this story is toooo fast paced. Well, I know I tend to complain to books that started so slow right? But this one is really different. All scenes happen so fast that I’m afraid if I put it down, it’ll go to Mars (haha) I can’t say that I hate it, but I can’t say that I love it too. Oh well, this is starting to get confusing, so I’ll just leave it to you to figure out eh? This is just a short read and you can finish it in just one sitting. So go ahead and experience the world outside earth, *wink.

One of the few things I like about this book is that the author added a little romance to it (yeah right, I’m such a sucker, haha) Not bad for a galaxy-themed story eh? Though there’s some part of it that I think was too corny. But I’m still looking forward to reading the second book.  (actually I’m going to read it afterwards) Why? Well, most series get better in their follow-up books aight?

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