Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Transition by R.J. Tomlin - Book Review


Synopsis
Rume has never met his parents. Like all the other children in the community, he must wait until his eighteenth birthday before he does. For years he has seen countless people travel through the vault door and, with a white flash, be gone and never return, travelling over the Ridge to join the rest of the adult world. This is called The Transition. The day when you leave the community and your new life begins.
However, a few days before Rume is due to leave, he receives a message warning him of the truth of the world beyond the vault door. And thus, he is faced with a choice; continue to believe what he has been told, or discover the truth. But to do so he must break the one unbreakable rule; that when your time comes, you must complete The Transition. 


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My Review
The Transition is a debut novel from R.J. Tomlin. It's a dystopian-esque young adult novel that leaves you questioning everything until the very end. It's an intense journey, led by one young man named Rume.

Rume is one of the many teenagers living in the Nethertower, anxiously awaiting his turn to cross the Ridge and complete the Transition. What is the Transition? It's where a teen, once they have their eighteenth birthday, gets to finally leave the tower and meet their parents. Why don't they know their parents before they turn eighteen? Because they're taken and kept away from the potential harm that could destroy a young mind as it develops. Or so Rume and his friends believe.

When things in the tower start to become a little strange the closer Rume gets to his eighteenth birthday, the more he starts to question things. And when he discovers the truth behind the tower, the Ridge, and the Transition, he and his friends will do whatever it takes to escape. But leaving the tower isn't as easy as it seems...

I don't want to spoil too much, but I can say this: The Transition is one hell of a ride. Following Rume on his journey to the truth is so much fun, but will leave you breathless. You'll be on the edge of your seat, eagerly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. And when you get to the end... oh boy! That ending left me with my jaw on the floor. I definitely didn't see that one coming.

Overall, I'd rate The Transition a 4.5 star read. What kept me from rating it five stars? There were some serious editing issues that sort of detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I'm a bit fussy and picky (aka a grammar nazi) when it comes to editing, but other than the flaws with the grammar/spelling/word usage(using the wrong word in spots), the book was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it!

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