First Impression Friday

First Impression Friday: Four Dead Queens

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin, where you give a few impressions of a book you have recently started, and predict what you will think at the end. It’s cool because you get to look back after finishing the book to see what you were thinking at the beginning!

First, a bit about the book:

“Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.”

You can check out the full blurb on Goodreads here!

So far, I have to say I’m most intrigued by the world Four Dead Queens is set in. I do love a modern/sci-fi-ish setting mixed in with royalty. But what’s even more interesting is that not all parts of the nation of Quadara have modern technology, for fear that it would alter the culture and norms of that particular quadrant. The nation seems to be held together solely by a number of strict rules which absolutely cannot be broken.

Some of the aspects of this world give off a dystopian vibe, actually. Not full blown dystopian, but some of the rules and customs, especially in the advanced scientific quadrant of Eonia, remind me of some of the themes I see in dystopias. I’m hoping to see some of these ideals and rules challenged more throughout the book.

To get the foundation of this world across there has been a fair bit of narrative and info chunks, but I’m hoping this will disappear later in the story. I predict I will be rating this book four stars. Why not five? I’m not sure. Maybe I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, and I’m also not sure how I feel about the characters yet.

Still, can’t wait to keep reading!

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