30 October 2014

The Change (Unbounded 1) Review


The Change - Unbounded #1
by Teyla Branton




What they say: There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities. 


Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene. Worse, a new identification software could mean death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. 

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her powerful attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps. 

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make this an exciting addition to the world of urban fantasy.




At the time of writing my review it is currently FREE in both the US & UK kindle store: Amazon * Amazon UK


What I say: The overall concept for The Change is really clever and I appreciated the different approach to immortality but wasn't totally 100% convinced and won over by the characters.  

MC Erin goes through the change (no not THAT sort of change) into a sort-of-immortal. Think vampires crossed with The Tomorrow People and you get the Unbounded. Erin is suddenly thrust into this strange and dangerous world where everybody seems to have an agenda and are apparently allergic to the truth. After the initial change, the pacing in the first portion of the story is a little slow and I kept waiting for Erin (who by the way is an adult and not a teen) to get on with things. I didn't blame her though because it's the secondary characters who I found hard to engage with.

As much as he's a pain and I wasn't always convinced of him as the hero (or anti-hero depending on how you look at it) Ritter did grow on me and I did (mostly) like his hot-guy, alpha style moodiness. 

One particularly interesting idea was that of the immortality v's the problem of genetics. Would you risk having children who more than likely wouldn't get the Unbounded gene and then have to watch them die? Throw in the idea that due to your super reproductive system (contraception doesn't work) you can't have causal encounters without the risk of babies! Sex = long term commitment!

Although I had some issues with certain characters and the pacing early on, I did enjoy the story and the MANY twists. The story got better as it went along as Branton seemed to find her stride. 

3 - 3.5 Stars in my Sky!




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