Title: Division X
Author: August Hill
Release date: October 20, 2022
Huge thanks to the publisher and the author for sending me a copy of this novel.
Check out the synopsis on this one. When a novel teases that not only are you going to be getting creatures galore, family drama AND a secret government type project – it gets my interest immediately but is also one that you know you need to dive into and see what craziness awaits.
From what I gather, this is the first part of a series, so do keep that in mind if you’re thinking of also diving in! What I mean with that is that you know full well not every question will be answered.
What I liked: The story starts out with a literal rampaging scene where strange deaths linked to stranger creatures has been occurring. At a family dinner, one of those creatures attacks and only two sisters survive.
From there, Hill weaves a story that bounces between what this secretive group is up to, as well as the struggles the two sisters face, both in their relationship but also in how they are going forward. It’s an interesting dynamic, and seeing how Hill keeps playing it back and forth for the reader added a great extra layer to the happenings.
As expected, we get a truly solid ending that also leaves us with a number of doors open about where the second one may go and just where the characters who survive will travel.
The creature aspects within here are really great and just a blast for readers. It also gives us a ton of rampaging carnage, which is always a blast.
What I didn’t like: I did find there was a significant amount of characters throughout. I tend to read a number of books at one time, so maybe if I was focusing purely on this one, I wouldn’t have found it to be that overwhelming, but as is, it did often take me a minute to remember who was who.
I did also find some of the early interactions between the sisters to be a bit odd. As an example, Randi, the older sister, gets taken one night after she transforms and her family member witnesses it and freaks out. She calls home and talks to her younger sister and says that she got a new job and left in the middle of the night and that’s it. Just accepted and we move on. It’s one very odd interaction that didn’t feel like a solid, realistic way to change character venues.
Why you should buy this: Do you enjoy the lycanthrope-based stories? If so, you’ll want to dive into this one and see what howling action Hill delivers. This one feels like a Hollywood blockbuster werewolf movie made just for the reader and if that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will.