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Well that was all kinds of disappointing and terrible It was sexist, obsessed with race and a tad racist in the obsession and completely the last book I would give to a teen or anyone for that matter Every single manin this leers at a woman at some point good guys, bad guys it just doesn t matter, each one objectifies a woman at least once It ranges from commenting on a chest, suggestive remarks and thinking about taking them to bed to a guy who would have a restraining order against hi Well that was all kinds of disappointing and terrible It was sexist, obsessed with race and a tad racist in the obsession and completely the last book I would give to a teen or anyone for that matter Every single manin this leers at a woman at some point good guys, bad guys it just doesn t matter, each one objectifies a woman at least once It ranges from commenting on a chest, suggestive remarks and thinking about taking them to bed to a guy who would have a restraining order against him and uses the rapist argument of she wants me she just doesn t know it If he had the chance that is where that character was going Then we move into the slightly incestuous, completely unbelievable view spoiler sudden desire to make a stepdaughter your next wife when you have spent most of the book lamenting that you have lost the little girl you raised like a daughter hide spoiler He was vile It was uncomfortable, contrived and badly written how many times does a character reveal something or parry something in situations where those words do not fit what is actually happening in the slightest Answering a question by agreeing is not parrying Then we have the constant need to describe the skin tone of every non white character I get that it the author is puttingdiversity in YA fiction, fine, but you can t do it by calling someone oriental and saying they have angular, tapered eyes are you actually kidding me This was at least 100 pages after he had been called oriental was the author wanting to remind us with a visual clue On the surface this should be a decently average post apocalypse dystopian demon vs human fantasy but the characterisation is badly done and something I would expect to find in a bad pulp adult book I kept reading in sheer disbelief that it got worse theit went on I shall leave you with one of my favourite lines that just was wow and I m paraphrasing as the book has left my possession, shame Stone missed the army like people missed dead parents Yeah I m writing this review some months after completing the book and can still remember the scenes and storyline fairly vividly which is normally a good sign I found the storyline engaging and enjoyable and better than a lot of YA fantasy I ve tried However, there weren t any characters that I felt emotionally tied to enough to become really enthused about it Demons, battle scenes, superpowers and well written character building all make this book worth a read though if you are a fan of the fant I m writing this review some months after completing the book and can still remember the scenes and storyline fairly vividly which is normally a good sign I found the storyline engaging and enjoyable and better than a lot of YA fantasy I ve tried However, there weren t any characters that I felt emotionally tied to enough to become really enthused about it Demons, battle scenes, superpowers and well written character building all make this book worth a read though if you are a fan of the fantasy genre This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here As someone who often reads dystopian fantasy YA, this book was such a disappointment I m on page 161 and honestly don t think i can bring myself to suffer through onepage.Firstly, the world and the story is flat demons have taken over, humans are fighting for their survival, some humans are superior to other, and there was a war Sounds familiar There was nothing interesting in this story, from the way that Martha has a superior stepfather that she hates, the secret rebellion gets foun As someone who often reads dystopian fantasy YA, this book was such a disappointment I m on page 161 and honestly don t think i can bring myself to suffer through onepage.Firstly, the world and the story is flat demons have taken over, humans are fighting for their survival, some humans are superior to other, and there was a war Sounds familiar There was nothing interesting in this story, from the way that Martha has a superior stepfather that she hates, the secret rebellion gets found out, a mysterious person names Jonah turns up, and suddenly there s a revolution For god s sake, can t it be a littleoriginal I was so bored by this book, i have to stop reading it.Okay, secondly love triangle Why My impression Martha only has feelings for Jonah, and sees Aron as her brother, and Aron loves Martha AND IS SO INSENSITIVE HE TRIES TO KISS HER Seriously, you just can t do that More about that both Aron and Jonah are i think really bad heroes Aron is arrogant, insensitive, and is selfish And Jonah The guy everyone is supposed to love Well I just don t I m sorry.And on top of all this, the book is really sexist About every 5 pages, a guy looks at a girl like he wants to eat her up It was frankly disgusting And it just didn t fit the story.As well as this, I didn t like the way Rai built the world In the first chapter, he gives a full description of everything It was about 4 pages of information about a world, and that s it I would ve enjoyed the story lotsif the story was dropped in and I didn t find out everything so fast I thought it was badly written overall, and I just feel so disappointed This is just my opinion, and given the fact that I have read a lot in the dystopian genre, I m possibly just comparing this book to books that I ve read and I have found a lot better.But if you read a lot of YA dystopia fantasy like, for example, The Mortal Instruments series, then I recommend you don t read this book You probably won t like it This review was originally posted on my blog on 18th September, hereThe Demons ArriveAs soon as I heard about Fire City, I was instantly intrigued and simply had to get my hands on a copy I am so glad that this intrigued ended up with me reading a great book that I would easily recommend to others It was the first Bali Rai book that I have ever read so that fact that it is his first dystopian did not phase me It was so easy to read and the style made me know why so many others have loved his This review was originally posted on my blog on 18th September, hereThe Demons ArriveAs soon as I heard about Fire City, I was instantly intrigued and simply had to get my hands on a copy I am so glad that this intrigued ended up with me reading a great book that I would easily recommend to others It was the first Bali Rai book that I have ever read so that fact that it is his first dystopian did not phase me It was so easy to read and the style made me know why so many others have loved his other books He is now an author whose books I will be going out to look for and read because I want to readof his style It was a great book, and this is the reasons why I felt this way.The World ChangesWhenever a writer sets about to start a novel in the dystopian genre, they have to acknowledge that a large proportion of their book has to be dedicated to world building It would be impossible to simply send the reader off into this unknown place without any true bearings This can often be the part of writing that many authors struggle with because finding the balance to create the perfect description is often incredibly difficult but somehow Bali Rai has managed it I loved his way of describing the world, the place they were staying in and everything else that was going on around it It was never too much but it wasn t given all at once either The reader was always given just enough information to get them through a particular chapter.But really it was the very first chapter that caught my attention Written in the first person, you were pulled straight into the action and you could just imagine the entire chaos around you At each point the necessary details were given for the reader to imagine what was happening without being given the full picture And then he turned up and suddenly our narrator isn t omnipotent It was such a lovely moment and really made me want to read on It is the perfect example of everything this book has to offer.The People StandReally, all I want to do here is tell you about every single character that was mentioned in this novel but I know that if I did that we d be here for an incredibly long time While the cast is long, and it can take a while to get a head around who is who to begin with, I found myself liking or disliking as the case came to be almost everyone who was mentioned Bali has managed to make the characters feellike real people then just plot points The actions of the characters, which in turn made ripple effects in the plot, didn t feel forced but felt like actions of what someone in that situation would do It was great to read and made it really enjoyable and emotional throughout the book.My favourite character was Jonah With his mysteriousness at the beginning of the book, to his reveal and his past and just everything else, I found myself really enjoying his presence He had ulterior motive but he was also passionate and protective and he just cared about this people He tried not to let his emotions get the better of him but sometimes he couldn t help it I also really liked the Mace A giant, called so due to his overbearing size but you really shouldn t let that fool you because underneath it all he s an absolute sweetheart of a character with a heart of gold and I just want to give him a great big bear hug a lot of the time Oscar and Tyrell were also golden characters who I was really interested in reading and I really hope to seeof them in the next book Chaos Overcomes ThemTwisting and turning at so many different points, there was barely a moment in this book that was slow There was always something going on and with so many characters to deal with, you can understand why The plot really kept me entertained and intrigued with a lot of curious holes that needed to be uncovered Unfortunately the book did leave a lot of questions when it finished but this has just left me wanting to read the second one straight away I really enjoyed the pace of the book and while there wasn t a lot of focus on it, you could see that this book has a lot to see about friendships in the face of adversary and it looks like a rather interesting romantic plot could come into play very soon.It would be impossible to finish this review without noting the style of the book In fact, the style of it is so difficult to actually describe in a review It starts out as a first person book, jumping from one POV to another but then it switches to third person for a bulk of the book, going back to first person every now and again At first this style was difficult to get on board with but once I got a handle on it, it was one that I actually really enjoyed Naturally I m a bit of an attention jumper, easily distracted and easily bored but with this writing style, I was able to appreciate the book that muchHowever, I can definitely tell that this would not be everyone s cup of tea This is a style of writing that I am really interested in seeingof and so really, I cannot wait to readof Bali s books to see if he does the same across his works.Will It End All in all, this book kept me entertained I fell in love with the characters and the plot and the writing style and I just need to know what happens next There were some great emotions spread throughout the book that had me gasping, laughing and crying and I was just fully invested in it Fire City tells the tale of a city under corrupt ruling and how people try to find their voice and their strength to fight back It is also the tale of a community of people all fighting towards the same goal, having each others backs and doing everything they can It is a brilliant novel that I would easily read again and again I know there is probably so muchto say but I don t want to go on for too long All I can say is that I hope you go out and get a hold of this book to try it for yourself I received this copy in return for an honest review ( FREE PDF ) ♀ Fire City ☽ Twenty five years ago the world changed forever A great war, which had raged for three years ended, and the reign of the Demons beganWithin the crumbling walls of Fire City, fifteen year old Martha is a member of the resistance, a small band of humans fighting for freedom in a lawless and horrifying new world Amidst the chaos of battle arrives Jonah, a handsome stranger with a thirst for revenge and a power to destroy the Demon rulersAs Martha and Jonah s lives collide, the future of the resistance is altered forever The battle for humankind will now begin An epic story of catastrophe, survival and the power of humanityE HUNGER GAMES meets TERMINATOR with Demons, by multi award winning author Bali Rai I have a deep affection for his work.I ll admit, I m a little anxious with him heading into Dystopian territory.Plus, it has a guy named JONAH.Instant WIN Please blow me away Update just not doing it for me right now after a 100 pages or so have decided to give something else a go might come back to this later honestly, i don t think i have ever tried so hard to get through a book.very fucking annoying. Bali Rai writes yet another wonderful, thought provokibg book of astonishing imagination In a world were demons rule there is a small resistance in Fire City a working area fir the Unwanted people who are not rich and live in poverty An unlikley member of this resistance is a 15 year old girl named Martha a girl who works at a bar and is the step daughter of the Mayor When a hlf demon half human boy comes along tgings change Forever.. Whilst clearly aimed at a teenager audience the hero and heroine are about sixteen years old , this post apocalyptic fantasy is gritty enough for adults too The author is uncompromising in his depictions of the brutality of life after the demons arrive The violence isn t gratuitous, but there is quite a bit of it characters die with some regularity It is an unflinching look at the struggle for survival when humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. This is NOT the Hunger Games Not at all For a start, it s fantasy It s just one book But it is still as good, if not better It s different,post apocolyptic than dysotopian, considering the cause of the world downfall is demons Perfect for anyone who wants something else to read other than The Hunger Games or Divergent. A great book, I read this and the graphic novel version, which was pretty cool But this was my first Bali Rai read An interesting read set in an England presumably whole world that has been taken over by demons It has a slow start, but gets better as it goes along Some ideas are a bit vague or not believable, but Rai has set up a fascinating world.