Beneath the Fallen City by Jamie A. Waters

An “I wouldn’t call this a review” review

*Beneath the Fallen City was originally released as the Two Towers in 2014 but has since been revised and modified from it’s original format.

IMG_5351Synopsis –
In the shadows of the towers, your only hope is to scavenge for the truth…
One hundred and fifty years after the earth was ravaged by war, the two self-sustaining towers built by OmniLab continue to offer a safe haven for those who paid the hefty price to assure their family’s survival. But on the surface, there are others who have survived over the years struggling to barter and trade artifacts found within the ruins of the crumbling cities in exchange for critical supplies.
When Kayla, a ruin rat skilled in computer hacking and scavenging, discovers a strange artifact known as The Aurelia Data Cube, she finds herself inadvertently caught up in a series of events that threatens the lives of the mysterious and elusive people within OmniLab.
Carl, an unorthodox trader with a head for business, is determined to eradicate the corruption amongst his OmniLab brethren and has no qualms about using Kayla to do it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t counting on the vastness of the corruption or his own feelings for the headstrong woman who turns his life upside down.
Caught between the life she knew and a dangerous world that’s claimed her as their own, Kayla learns the fearful truth behind just how far one man will go to obtain power and how far she’ll go to survive.

I enjoyed the first 47% of this book, the setting was great and the whole concept of people in future, some in the Omni Towers, living it up, others scraping a living outside in the bleak landscape was cool. They would go scavenging in the ruins of old civilizations, hunting down trinkets and tech to trade.
Kayla did come across as a bit of a special snowflake, she is good at everything. There is nothing she can’t do and every man loves her. She can walk into a room and be better than the best lock picker, be better than the best coder, it’s a bit much. To be honest, this shit gets on my nerves. It’s not something I can read about often without wanting to yell at the book. I did like that she was feisty, I liked that she was comfortable in her own skin, and I liked that she went after what she wanted.
A lot of the male side characters seemed to exist only to drool over Kayla and tell her how good she looked. So while I enjoyed the setting and the scavenging side, you didn’t see enough of that. I found myself glazing over. Full props for the sexy times though.

The second half of the book really dragged for me. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles and this one was a big guy. It meant that there was a whole lot of whiny angst and it kind of killed it for me. It overpowered the rest of the plot. Also once again Kayla came in and was doing everything better than people who had years of training. It just bugged me.
I still liked Carl though, he was pretty awesome.

I don’t usually put a star rating on my reviews, I put that stuff on Goodreads and Amazon, but it was a 2 star in case my negative rambles didn’t make it obvious. I went and checked the Goodreads reviews and it seems I’m in the minority.

Oh and another positive is that the first 5 books in the series have all been rereleased so you don’t have to wait for the next book if it’s your thing.

I received this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title – Beneath the Fallen City
Author – Jamie A. Waters
Released – 6th September 2018

Get your own copy here – Amazon

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