Thursday, August 11, 2022

Review: The Feral Sentence (The Feral Sentence #1) by Shade Owens @ShadeOwens

The Feral Sentence

The Feral Sentence #1

by Shade Owens

Published: April 1, 2019

Publisher: Red Raven Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Dystopian


Eighteen-year-old Lydia Brone never imagined she’d be convicted of first-degree murder.

What a trip. This is a kick ass book. I have not read anything like this before.” – Amazon Review

But when her mom’s drunken boyfriend becomes abusive, she does what any protective daughter would do—she gets involved.

Killing him wasn’t part of her plan.

With handcuffs around her small wrists, Lydia stares out through the helicopter’s window as Kormace Island—the Island of Killers—comes into view. She’s read about the penal island online… she just never thought she’d be sentenced to serve three years on it.

Learn how to build a fire? She can do that. Learn how to hunt? She’ll figure it out. But how can anyone survive an island full of convicted murderers? That’s a death sentence. If Lydia hopes to ever return home, she’ll have to forget who she is and become someone else… someone capable of choosing survival over humanity.

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My Review:

How to start this review? Well, I guess I will start by saying that I loved the world that was created for The Feral Sentence. I love dystopian books and end-of-the-world stories. While The Feral Sentence is not an end-of-the-world type story exactly I would imagine that it is how the characters felt. I would imagine that they feel as if their world has just ended or at least the world they once knew.

The Feral Sentence tells the story of eighteen-year-old Lydia Brone and how she came to be on Kormace Island—the Island of Killers. It starts off as Lydia is being taken to the island in a helicopter. I can just imagine what she may have been thinking as she sits there in the helicopter. I think she may have been thinking about the very day and the reason she is sitting in that helicopter.

The day she killed her mother’s boyfriend. I imagine that she is playing that one scene over and over in her head. I would imagine it never quite goes away. It is always there in the back of her mind haunting her daily life. Lydia never meant to kill anyone. She only meant to stop him from hurting or maybe even killing her mom. She never expected that she would be sent to the place that she had read about on the internet – the Island of Killers.

The Island of Killers what a scary thought. An island full of killers. Imagine living on an island filled with killers with no prison guards or prison cells. Living off the land. Counting on the land to feed and clothe you for the time you are living on this island.

The descriptions were so vividly written I could see all the characters in their native clothing and the tools that they made for themselves. I could see the land and the trees. I could see them as they were walking through the jungle on their hunts.

I can’t wait to read more in this world. I would recommend The Feral Sentence to anyone looking for their next great read! Grab your copy of The Feral Sentence today for a great adventure and a great start to a new world filled with action and suspense!


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