Friday, February 9, 2018

ARC Review: Titan's Wrath by Rhett C. Bruno

Titan's Wrath By Rhett C. Bruno
Publisher: Aethon Books
Release Date: December 10th, 2017
Format: Kindle ebook
Source: ARC provided by Author for review*
My Rating: ★★ 1/2

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Two men are caught on both sides of a violent, off-world rebellion in this standalone, Science Fiction epic set in Rhett C. Bruno's bestselling Titanborn Universe.

After inciting rebellion against Earth throughout Titan's off-world colonies, Kale Trass learns that leadership isn’t only about fighting. Keeping control of his people--even his own family--requires a different set of skills. Following a pivotal battle over Saturn, Kale travels deep into enemy territory under the guise of seeking peace, though peace is the last thing on his mind.

Malcolm Graves used to be an infamous Collector for a powerful Earther corporation--and then he nearly lost his life on Titan. Now he’s retired. But when Kale’s wake of destruction follows Malcolm to Mars and claims the life of a friend, it's time for the ex-Collector to dust off his pulse-pistol and leap back into a fight he thought he’d left behind.

With the solar system divided, heroes are few and short-lived ... but someone has to put the self-proclaimed King Trass of Titan in his place.

Titan's Wrath is the third and I think final book in Rhett C. Bruno's Titanborn Universe. I liked the first book Titanborn a good amount, and I still liked the second one From Ice to Ashes, but I struggled with this third book. I spent a lot of time debating on what star rating to give it. I went back and forth on if it should be a 3 star rating or not, but I eventually decided on 2 1/2 because I found that in the end I spent a good amount of time just not enjoying the story in this one. 

I want to emphasize that this story just didn't work for me, and one of the reasons is the character development. I still really loved the character of Malcolm. I love morally grey characters that just go where the credits are. I just HATED Kale! He just felt like a completely different character from the one in From Ice to Ashes. I understand that he is fighting years of oppression and he wants his people to survive, but as the novel progresses he starts lashing out at anyone that disagrees with him. I was really NOT happy with how he starts treating Aria in this novel. Even Maya starts to realize that she created a monster. It's because of how drastically he becomes the villain in this novel that when he doesn't double down on what he is doing and rather has a redemption arc I just didn't find it realistic at all. 

Kale is just one character, so it shouldn't have really bothered me that much, right? Except the majority of this novel is based on the Titanborn trying to take back their planet, and Kale leading them. I know we are not supposed to like him in this book and it's a message that in order to fight oppressive forces you have to be better than them. It's a lesson Kale learns too late. You spend a lot of time with Kale that I just couldn't stand him and had to put this book down a few times before I could finish it.

Aria kinda felt like she was just there and was a little two-dimensional. I couldn't understand WHAT she saw in Kale. If you didn't get the gist here, I really did not like Kale in this one. She was used as leverage a lot on this book, and that really bothered me. I did like that there were a lot of women in power in this book, and they all had different motivations, but I just felt disappointed by Aria. She felt like she was written flat in this one and I wanted to see more of depth to her.

The world that Bruno has built in this not-so-distant future is great! I think it's a pretty realistic take on where our future could be. I like his writing style too.  I wanted to like this one so much more, but it just didn't work for me.

Have you read Titan's Wrath? What did you think?

*I received a copy of an ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way reflects my opinion on the book. 

Happy Reads Everyone!