I was asked to review this book and decided it would be a good opportunity to shine some light on a new author. So feel free to pass this along if the concept intrigues you! The novel is currently available on Amazon.com.
Transfixion tells the story of a teenager named Kaylee on the day the world lost its mind. A typical school day quickly turns into mayhem and the weeks that follow aren’t much better. There are weird sounds coming out of the televisions and radios that are turning people into blood-thirsty killer monsters. Kaylee is able to make it to a safe haven but life there isn’t all that great either. There are feuds and a lack of food, too many teenagers, not enough adults and more drama than should be happening at the end of the world.
The overall concept of the novel is very interesting to me. It’s an apocalyptic sci-fi type that twists and turns and makes you wonder what will happen next. Kaylee is resourceful and nerdy, an introvert forced come out of her shell in order to stay alive. She makes some hard choices after she is done with the initial fear that pay off for her in the end. You get to see a lot of character growth which is always a plus.
The plot struck me as a mix of “The End Games” by Michael Martin and “Ashes” by Isla Bick. It has zombie-like creatures but it’s not a virus or a bite infection. It has a female lead but one that isn’t instantly relatable to everyone, in a good way. I did like that she didn’t display swagger or become an instant hero but rather had a series of events happen to her that impacted who she became. The interweaving of a fictional book, reminiscent of “The Screaming Staircase” by Jonathan Stroud, within the story was a great asset.
The plot is well laid out but lacks explanation at some points. There are knowledge gaps where the narrator jumps to conclusions or refers to someone by name but it was never explained how she arrived at that point or idea. There are also plot points that aren’t really resolved.
The dialogue and word choice left something to be desired in my opinion, the use of the word “suttom” in particular really bothered me. It’s supposed to mean “something” but I’ve never seen it written quite like that. A couple of the characters also displayed abnormal behaviors or patterns of speech at times that didn’t seem to mesh with their personalities. It wasn’t an cohesive or polished as I was expecting for a published novel.
I wouldn’t say I disliked the novel but it isn’t the best one I’ve ever read. I liked the concept behind the plot but I think the execution was a little lacking.
Goodreads rating: 3 stars
My personal rating: 64
- Writing style – 4
- Plot – 7
- Dialogue – 6
- Personality of Main Character(s) – 7
- Love story – 4
- Invokes emotion – 6
- Synopsis accuracy – 8
- Consistent level of interest – 7
- Stays on topic – 7
- Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 8