Oversight by Santino Hassell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love Six. What an amazingly crafted character he is in a world of excellence.
The plotting, pace and narrative of this one feels quite different from book one, another example if the supreme talent Santino has for creating his unique worlds.
Book one felt all uncertain and a bit slower because Nate himself was unsophisticated and unsure. Here the pace is more frantic and zips along between elements mirroring the journey Holden is taking as he realises The Community isn’t quite what it seems.
The connection between Six and Holden is at once beautiful to read and also strangely haunting as a man dubbed a cyborg for his emotionless state meets one famed for his oversharing.
Tensions abound as the series long story arc expands to include other members of The Community and I hope book three isn’t too long coming to wrap it all up!
#ARC received from the author via A Novel Take PR in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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Insight by Santino Hassell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As I said in my update, this book is like American Gothic, the famous painting which looks ordinary on the surface but the more you examine it, the stranger it gets.
Santino’s incredible world building skills are in full force for this edgy suspense story which mixes in the romance element without ever fully giving in to that particular trope’s usual formula.
There’s no miscommunication, no odd little hiccup at 70% to allow the couple to reunite, instead there’s a strangely subdued relationship developing between Nate and Trent while around them, stranger things happen.
I clocked the likely villain fairly early on but not anything on how the plot would develop and the final denouement was a quiet surprise in how it came about.
There is an element of cliff hanger to this one in so much as the storyline continues into book two but this opening novel does also wrap up what’s been happening with Nate and Trent and puts them into a pretty steady and secure relationship.
Steam levels are appropriately low, which works for the nature of the narrative but there is a nice connection when they do occur.
I enjoyed it but, unlike other Santino stories, I don’t think I’d be likely to read it again.
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