Author: J. Kowallis
Format: ARC paperback
Genre: Dystopia, New Adult, Sci-Fi
Number of Pages:
Date of Publication: November 18 2016
Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .
Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations. For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind.
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before.
With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins the team, the duality of this newcomer’s actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive.
Massive thanks to J. Kowallis for sending me an ARC in exchange of an honest review.
Duality by J. Kowallis is the third installment of a dystopia series called “The Enertia Trials”, first book ‘Afterimage’ and second book ‘Encender’.
Duality is one hell of a dystopia book. Its captivating, intense and heartbreaking-ly beautiful. I love it! It took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and left me wanting more! Everything that you could want in a dystopia novel is in this series.
THE PLOT. Like the first two books of the series, Duality has its thrilling version of plot development, the way the reader anticipates on how all of this build up with the scenes and characters will come crashing down. I love how it unfolds and at some point the reader gets to be so nervous on what’s to come because Kowallis gave her readers this style where “You get to see it coming but still you have to watch as it come and crashes down you.” Amazing amazing plot development.
THE WRITING. I love J. Kowallis’ writing style where she ensnares her readers and holds their interest an curiosity ’til the very end of the book. I also love how every detail in every scene especially in every character is discussed even the smallest and insignificant one because that way the characters felt more real with reader.
THE CHARACTERS. The character development of the book is good but the relationship development between each one is even better. The strain between the relationship of Roy and Ransley and how they find their way around it is a good spice added to the relationship of the two because after the events of ‘Encender’, I wouldn’t expect the two of them to be all ‘lovey dovey’. I’m glad that London is back and is with Nate, in this book I think London’s got a nice touch in his character development because for a short moment Nate thought of him as a ‘man’. Nate, oh gosh, what’s with the change of eye color? I love that on him! And Reggie, oh mu gosh, so much suffering yet so much strength! (that goes for both her and Nate) J. Kowallis loves to make her characters suffer, that I’m sure of. But I hope that they would have something so beautiful and divine at the end of the series. Every single one of these people deserves something better. Oh and Liam? I thought at first the Liam before came back to life but nah, just a pretense. My gods I WANT HIM DEAD!
THE ENDING. J. Kowallis. That ending. WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO US?! Oh mu gosh that is just down right cruel, there’s already so much feels and them you gave us that ending! My heart is a glass and you throw it to the ground and step on it for a good measure. All good though, but I need the fourth book ASAP!
About the Author
J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).