Advance (Advanced Industries book 1) by K A Duggsy
Faith, who feels her life is strangely incomplete, is soon contacted by a homeless man who has critical information about the Advance system and the disappearance of many displaced people. After some brief adventures investigating this new technology, Faith finds herself kidnapped by a group who’s leader swears not only does he know Faith but they are deeply in love…
That’s enough on the plot as a lot of the enjoyment hinges on how it all fits together. Read the book if you want to know the rest!
The three POV characters are Faith (the main character), Kye (the hunky love interest) and Fraser (a scientist who works at Advanced Industries).
Kye is a strong, good looking confident guy who inspires fierce loyalty in his compatriots. He’ll pursue love and what he wants to the end of the Earth, and nothing will get in his way. Just the sort of alpha male that most guys like me hate! 🙂 He is, however, also very possessive and violently jealous which makes him much more interesting than a typical hero type. I did wonder at a few points why Faith, who is also very strong-willed, would stay with a man who considers her his property (he frequently refers to her as ‘belonging to him’), but hey that’s love for you and what do I know!? It would be interesting to see that dynamic explored in future instalments. Regardless of that, their relationship is well thought out and progresses in compelling and unexpected ways as the story unfolds.
Faith herself is also well written, taking us on a journey of her experiences and emotions but I can’t really discuss her without talking too much about the plot. The writing makes a good and relatable hero, and I always understood her motivations.
For me, the most interesting character is Fraser. You are never sure what side he is on, and when his true motives are revealed they seem perfectly obvious looking back. He reminded me a bit of Hannibal Lecter or the Phantom of the Opera, not because he eats people or gives them singing lessons (he doesn’t), but because even though he does some very questionable things I still found myself rooting for him in several places.
My only point of criticism is that Faith does go a bit ‘Kim Bauer’ in the number of times she get manages to get kidnapped or captured by various people.
Rating: 5 / 5
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