Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart (2014)
“When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?
War has invaded Atalanta’s quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol. Far from the front lines, 18-year-old Aris Haan, a talented wingjet flyer, has little cause for concern. Until her beloved Calix is thrust into the fray, and a stranger makes her an impossible offer: the chance to join a secret army of women embedded within the all-male military.
Aris’s choice to follow Calix to war will do more than put her in physical danger; it will make her question everything she believes about herself. When she and her enigmatic commander uncover a deadly conspiracy, her expert flying may be the only hope for her dominion’s survival…and her own.
It’s Mulan meets Battlestar Galactica, with a heroine who is strong enough to save a nation…but only if she’s willing to sacrifice everything, even the one promise she swore she’d never break.”
I was hesitant about this book. I’d seen it around on NetGalley and I was tempted, but I wasn’t sure I was won over by the blurb. I then read a couple of reviews and thought I’d give it a go.
Unfortunately, I just didn’t get on with this book at all. It wasn’t a fit. I found the narrative confusing and sometimes I had to re-read passages to get to grips with what was happening.
I liked the initial characterisation, but it lost its energy and became bogged down with the politics of the story.
It’s rare for me to mark a book ‘DNF’, but I got about 40% in and after putting it down and coming back, putting it down and coming back, I just completely lost interest.
I know many people have enjoyed this book, but ultimately, it’s not for me. (I really dig the cover art thought)