Friday, November 22, 2013

Blue into the Rip - Review

Science fiction and time-travel books are two genres that can either make you or break you. Blue into the Rip by Kev Heritage takes a golden trophy in the former. It is an awe-wonder-some read!

The story focuses on Blue, who gets his name from his strange blue eyes. He is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his odd parents Eddi and Newt and his sister Annie. The story begins in the past with the setting shifting between the past and the future in the year 2454.

When his sister, Annie, disappears, Blue goes out to search for her in Dooley’s Wood. From there, Blue is hurled 450 years into the future, where he finds himself in The Academy where he is supposed to live, train and study. Blue constantly reminds himself – and the reader – that the future is just a transition and that he needs to go back in time to his parents and younger sister. He eventually realises that The Academy and his friends are all that he has and accordingly goes out of his way to save them.

Time-travel stories are not easy to manipulate but Kev Heritage outdid himself with Blue into the Rip. It is a grand puzzle where every piece falls into place at the end.

Blue into the Rip is a post-apocalyptic novel. Many people have died and due to global warming, it has become impossible to live on the earth’s surface. The Amazon Jungle has become the Amazon Desert and it is impossible to endure the scorching sun.

The novel moves at a fairly quick pace with a good tension-relief scheme. The language in Blue into the Rip mixes slang with some interesting blends such as awe-wonder-some and cra-mazing (crazy + amazing), among others. The dialogue is fun, quick-paced and is the main source of information. Each character is seen through both their attitudes and their dialogue. Although the story is narrated in the third person, the reader feels that the opinions and descriptions are those of Blue rather than anyone else.

Blue into the Rip is rich with characters from the protagonist Blue, who is rather selfish but means well, to his friends Corvus – who for some reason reminds me of Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter books – the assumed-bully Wurtz, the Ganymedian Hermans with his highly formal almost Shakespearean language, to the rule-book-adhering Morgana, and others.

The novel entails intrigues and games, friendships and betrayals mixed with power and ambition. There is a rat in Saturn Squad and there is the mystery of Blue’s identity.

Kev Heritage’s use of imagery in Blue into the Rip is just wicked! It fits the sci-fi theme and scenery. Amongst the images I fell in love with are: Electricity pylons poked from the murky waters like the masts of sunken ships.” (p. 11), “A car exploded through the playground wall like a high-velocity bullet through a watermelon.” (p. 13), and “It would be like trying to find a single and special grain of sand in the whole of the Desert Amazon.” (p. 319).

Kev Heritage masterfully ties up all of the loose ends in the final chapters and the Epilogue, all of which are intense, exciting and are a roller-coaster ride of their own.

Overall: I was not expecting to be this impressed by the novel, since I’ve had several unhappy sci-fi reads. Blue into the Rip is ‘swick’ and I look forward to its sequel Blue into the Planet.

Special thanks to Kev Heritage for sending me a copy of Blue into the Rip to review for my blog.

Find Kev Heritage on Twitter. Check out his website and blog.

Find his book on Smashwords (most formats): Barnes & Noble (Nook): KINDLE UK

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