Drone by Jackson Dean Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Content warnings: death, murder, dismemberment, violence, alcohol mention, slight body horror, mentions of gore, genetic modification, servitude/slavery

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. I mean for the genre, there’s a lot of it on the market (YA dystopian). However, despite the over saturation on the market and the usual problems that you get with male authors writing female main characters, most actually DIDN’T exist in this. Which was refreshing. When I saw it was written female POV I inwardly cringed. Which is an automatic reaction as of late in that circumstance. Mostly because I’ve read so MUCH bad (a lot of which because of how negative they are I won’t even review because I’m not about to spit that much vitrol towards a book that isn’t 50sog <and that’s for a completely different reason>) that it’s become like second nature to me. Just like breathing.

I am very happy that the author didn’t fall into a lot of the Mary Sue-isms that actually coined that term (fun history fact: it was coined to describe initially how bad men were at writing female MCs). It was VERY refreshing. Vikka feels more like a fully formed character as opposed to a cardboard cut-out that you could replace with a sexy lamp (and I will never get tired of that analogy).

I’m angry at cliffhanger ending. Because I wasn’t ready for the book to end. I got REALLY engrossed in this book REALLY quickly. Which was a fantastic thing to happen. I REALLY enjoy books in which that happens.

The thing I wasn’t too over the moon about is everyone trying to use Vikka for their own means/attempts at power. AND the whole inventing a serum to take away someone’s willpower so you can make them do WHATEVER you want. That really bothered me. I’m still not sure how I feel about Zan, but I definitely like Wink. Well, didn’t care for him drugging Zan and Vikka to take them to the revolution but I can overlook that as a minor slip of character thing considering that everything else he did, including that, was more to try to help her and keep her alive.

And the stark differences between the haves and the have nots just for basic living essentials was very well done. Vikka is bitter, yes. But she has very good reason to. When you have to sell your body/body parts just so you can have oxygen to breathe, that’s a definite reason to be bitter.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone. And can’t wait until I have money to buy this, the book before it, and can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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