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Crucible Zero by Devon Monk ~ ARC Book Review (2015, science fiction)

Crucible Zero by Devon Monk ~ ARC Book Review (2015, science fiction)Author: Devon Monk
Title: Crucible Zero
Series: House Immortal #3
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 368
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction

The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it...

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: House Immortal, Infinity Bell, Skein of Sunlight (short story)
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Crucible Zero is the third book in the House Immortal series by Devon Monk.

POV: First person

Tense: Past

Setting: multiple locations

Sexual Content: kissing


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I finished Infinity Bell and jumped right into Crucible Zero. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to everyone. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, I strongly suggest doing so before reading this one.

Most of what I said in my review of Infinity Bell applies to this book as well. It’s fast paced and interesting. The world and characters are well-developed.

I read this in one sitting. I really loved this book (as well as the ones before it). It’s so different from everything else I have read. It’s very creative and, in some ways, quirky. One of my favorite “stitched” creatures in the series is the pocket-sized sheep that Matilda’s grandmother uses to knit.

Readers need to pay attention when reading Crucible Zero. There’s a lot going on, and it can be easy to get confused. Thankfully, it all ends up making sense.

I was sad through a lot of this book, because I couldn’t see how it was going to work out well for Matilda and the others. I was also sad that Matilda didn’t have anything in the other world to go back to and no one who understood the ‘old’ her. It all works out in the end with a happily-ever-after, but I was taken on an emotional journey. I think that speaks to the skills of Devon Monk as a writer. She was able to make me feel the story, rather than just read words on pages.

I don’t know if this was the last book in the series. It kind of felt that way, but I hope not. I would definitely read more about Matilda, Abraham, and the others if given a chance.

If you haven’t read the House Immortal series yet, I strongly suggest it. It’s a lot of fun to read. Time experiments, mutants, stitched-together people and animals, an evil politician who wants to rule the world, a woman stuck in a world where not even her lover knows who she is… all the elements make it very attention-holding. I give it 5 stars!



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Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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