Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora

Title: Fragile Remedy

Author: Maria Ingrande Mora

Release Date: 16 June 2020

Rating: 3,5/5 stars

Cover:

Once again, I requested this book from Netgalley because of the cover, but this time, the synopsis sounded interesting too.

This book is a dystopian, though the genre isn’t heavily featured and we focus more on the characters surviving day to day. It’s been a while since I’ve read a dystopian, and while this book didn’t disappoint, I was hoping for more.

Good Underlying Themes/ Messages:

  • Your past doesn’t define you.
  • There is always hope; keep looking and fighting.
  • Family doesn’t need to be blood.

A whole star for this category!

Realistic Characters and Growth:

Nate was a bit of a weak character. It’s nice to see weaker characters in the spotlight rather than over-powered and capable characters. It lends a bit of a new perspective, which is always welcome.

Nate is a character that cries a lot and is dependent on others. He would die without help but I think this is an effective way to get a powerful message across about how family is always there for you. But I feel like Nate had no growth by the end; he was still the same person he had been at the beginning.

I wish the side-characters would have been fleshed out more and have gotten more attention.

I loved Alden and I felt like his character was developed entirely by the end. He was my favorite in the book.

I’m kind of indifferent about Reed. I liked him as a character, but I wish we had gotten to know more about him. I liked the unapologetically queer relationship between him and Nate, but once again, I feel like there was little growth in their relationship by the time the end rolled around. It still felt the same.

I wish Brick, Sparks, and Pixel were fleshed out more and we got to know a little more about them. I feel like there is a lot of potential in their backstories. Pixel was cute, but I want to know more.

Half a star for this category.

Interesting Story:

The pacing in this book was a little off for me. It sped up and slowed down, and then up and down and up and down…and then it ended. We’ve got these interesting action scenes that are immediately followed by parts that move at a snail’s pace. The slow parts are usually where the character development would take place, but there wasn’t as much as I wanted.

The twists thrown in were enjoyable. The Breakers added a new level of interest for me, but I predicted the surprise near the end.

I would have loved to find out more about the history of the world and how it got to the point where it is now. I love myself some epidemics in dystopians and I was really excited to hear about ‘lung rot’ but there wasn’t any further mention of it.

How do the people inside the city live? How are people kept out of the city? I want to know more.

Half a star for this category.

Fantastic World-Building:

This is a category where I sense great potential. I want to know more about the Withers, the people, how they survive, the things they’ve done. I want to know if there have been previous uprisings against the city. I want to know where the island they’re on is located.

Why is the rain acidic? Was it a war? How did lung rot break out? How bad did it affect the world?

I must know.

Half a star for this category.

Emotion:

Nate succeeded in making me feel hopeless. That could be good or bad, but since I felt hopeless alongside him, the positive events in the book held more weight than they usually would.

When a certain character died, I almost cried. Which, for a first book in what I hope might be a series, is impressive. I struggle to attach to characters, so when that one character died, it really gave me all the feels.

A whole star for this category!

That’s it!

How easily do you get attached to characters? Tell me your thoughts down below!

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

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