The Journey by Shadahyah Elizabeth (Book Review #126)

This review was written for Online Book Club

“I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.”

This book was an “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.”

The Journey is a science fiction story focused towards young adult readers. This is the first book of the Ultimate Power series.

There is a prophecy:

 

“For on the night of a purple moon in the village of Terra, three sisters shall give birth to three daughters, who will lead the chosen to the ultimate power.”

King Ramos is after these three girls that possess the ultimate power. He believes that if he finds them, he can bend their will to his desire and control the world. He has been searching for the three girls for many years. Ramos’s brother James locates these girls and assists in hiding them by abandoning Caleb, his son, at the palace. Once Ramos’s spies give him the exact location of where these girls are, he orders an attack on the village sending Hugo & Caleb to do his dirty work.

The three girls are completely oblivious towards their own powers. No one has spoken to them about their powers or taught them how to use it. I found this very interesting. They spent 18 years lying to these three girls about their parents, their identity, the prophecy, and their powers. All that they know is that they can communicate telepathically with each other.

In this journey, even to the end of the book, there are many unanswered questions. Many of the characters have a history that I believe could have been elaborated on a much better level. Right up until the last two chapters, the author does not reveal anything about the entire plot. I found the constant dragging of unanswered questions to be quite tiresome. I believe it would have been much better if she had given us little crumbs of information and then ended it with a surprise ending.

Having said all of this, I still did not get many answers at the end either. So I felt a little robbed. To read along in hopes of some kind of a satisfying ending only to be left puzzled was not pleasing. It was very clear to me that the author is looking to sell the next book. The literature standard also lacked editing.

I really enjoyed the interconnectivity of the characters together. The story consisted of many action scenes and drama. The teenage crushes and love connections were also intriguing to read considering it is a young adult book. There is no inappropriate language or scenes that would be unsuitable for the target audience. Another thing I liked about this book was that it was written in scenes like a movie. The scenes were clearly separated in order to prevent any confusion. Every scene was still written from a different angle.

As for the three girls, the story focuses more on Elizabeth. Due to the vast amount of characters, there is not much room for her role to be developed. John, Ramos, Hugo and Caleb were more dominant in the story, and their characters were well established.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is willing to wait and buy the second book in the series just to get clarification on the first book.

Written by Jeyran Main

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