Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:
1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
3. There’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.
Special thanks to Strange Chemistry and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!
I have very neutral feelings regarding Some Fine Day. I neither loved it nor hated it, and don’t have much to say for that reason.
The author immediately throws you into the story, with very little development that is needed and that I look for in a good post-apocalyptic sci-fi book. It moved a little too fast and felt a bit rushed. The background surrounding the world, characters, government, weather, etc. is very lacking and I would have liked to read more about it. Pretty much the only hints about the world “before” were from tidbits at the beginning of chapters.
As for the character’s relationships, they too felt rushed and lacked development. I think this was partially because of the pacing problems. It’s difficult to sense just how much time has elapsed between certain events.
The second half of the book gets better, though. I enjoyed the last hundred pages or so more than the first ones. The end is where you get to the heart of the story, with the most action, better reveals and altogether better storyline and writing.
The ending was left wide open, so I’m thinking there might be a sequel?! I really like the way the book ended, and I think that this book would be better if there is a sequel. I feel like it would give the author a chance to redeem herself by developing the history of the world more. World building is a huge part of post-apocalyptic and sci-fi books, so when it’s lacking it’s easily noticeable.
This may seem like a pretty negative review, but I did enjoy the book. It’s definitely not a favorite, but like I said in the beginning of my review, I was pretty neutral. The good parts helped to cancel out the bad and developmental issues leaving me feeling pretty “meh” about Some Fine Day.
EDIT: Since reading and reviewing this book it has been announced that Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books is to be shut down and will not be publishing any more books. I am so sad and wish all of the authors affected by this the best. You can read the official announcement here.