Review by Kimberly Fox -- The King of May by Matthew Tysz

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Review by Kimberly Fox -- The King of May by Matthew Tysz

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The King of May" by Matthew Tysz.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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An extra-planetary being, the Oak, facilitates an apocalyptic event on earth that nearly wipes out the earth’s population. The event is so catastrophic that if the earth were to be left to its own devices, it would wreak even more havoc to itself. As part of ‘his’ grand plan, Oak gives some people superhuman abilities that make them near immortal. These people are considered gods in this dystopian world. Oak’s plans are however, shattered when he accidentally stumbles upon two mercenaries who kill him. Following his death, his chosen followers – the gods, have no true objectives to achieve. Chaos ensues as the gods plot and execute murder plots against each other. A normal human, Cattleprod, embarks on a mission to gain more information on the gods and kill them in order to restore balance to the world.

The King of May by Matthew Tysz is a science-fiction story. It is the second book in the turn series. The plot is set in a dystopian world. I really liked the imaginative plot of this story. Despite there being plenty of characters, most of them had roles that had major impacts on the storyline. The story is in both the first and third-person narratives. Each character’s viewpoint was put into separate chapters. This made the plot easier to grasp. I also liked the dialogues in the book. They were creative and humourous.

The author did a good job of character development in the story. Despite this being the second book in a series, one can easily observe the depths in characters’ attributes even when reading for the first time. Most of the characters have a solid backstory. The main characters’ goals and motivations can be clearly deduced from the story. The story builds a lot of tension and the suspense this builds creates an edgy mood to it. This has the effect of keeping you glued to the book.

The world-building in this story is really good. Most of the surroundings are fantasy based and so vividly described you can clearly visualize them. I especially liked how the general outlook of the world was described after the catastrophe. You can easily visualize the lying wastelands that remain after the event. Several themes stand out in this book; companionship and hero versus villain themes. Ashley and Scholar are portrayed as two strangers who had joined forces for a common goal. Both are in search of a purpose in their respective lives. Cattleprod is shown as an ambitious liberal whose goal is to destroy the gods and restore peace and order in the new world.

I enjoyed reading this book. The author’s narrative style of writing is gripping and enjoyable to read. Young adults and teens who like fiction stories will definitely like this book. I encountered a single spelling error but no grammatical errors. There are sex scenes but they are not overtly pornographic. The book is filled with a lot of violence. A lot of depictions of gore will be found in this book. Apart from the spelling error, there is nothing else to criticize. This book gets a 3 out of 4 stars rating from me.

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