Title: Harken [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kaleb Nation
Release Date: January 9, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very interesting story that captures your attention, but also makes you lose it every now and then.
About the Book: After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn’t know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.
Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?
I don’t usually read much science fiction, but since Kaleb is a “big name” kind of guy and the premise of this book sounded intriguing, I definitely wanted to give Harken a try. I will say that the book does capture you right from the start, and I love it when a book does that. There was a steady amount of action and drama that kept me interested, but the plot had a lot of holes in it and in the end I was still left with a lot of questions, and I don’t love it when a book does that.
I liked the aliens that Kaleb created and seeing them transform was pretty cool. The action was pretty intense too and there are a few tragic scenes in this book. I kind of saw the answers to Michael’s history coming, but it was nice seeing it all unfold. I didn’t like how he kept Michael, and the reader, pretty much in the dark until the latter third of the book though. Things started to become clearer at a pace that was too slow for me, and I still had questions in the end. I also didn’t like how Michael just went along with things without getting a good sense of what the hell was going on. I really couldn’t connect with him, or any of the other characters honestly, and if it wasn’t for the action, I probably wouldn’t have liked this one.
I feel like it was a bit drawn out at times and I could’ve done without some unnecessary details, but I still enjoyed it enough. This was one of those times where it starts off amazing, tapers to a dull stream of events and “unhappenings”, then has a kickass ending to get you back in the mood.
Overall, Harken has a lot of potential as a decent story and maybe things will become clearer and more intense in the second book. For an introduction, it definitely served its purpose. Also, that ending was probably my favorite part of the whole book, which kind of bugs me because lately I’ve been reading books where the ending is awesome, but the rest of the book is just blah. Anyways, I’m interested in seeing where Kaleb takes this story in the next book, but I’m surely not in any rush to read it though.