The Naturals: Awakening by Melody Carlson

Challenge 28 – “A book based on, or turned into, a TV show.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

There’s not much to say about this book, because it’s hardly a book at all – it’s the first four “episodes” in a serial. And with the complete series expected to consist of twenty of these “episodes”, it’s only really a fifth of a complete story. But the bit of the story we have is a terrific start.

In all honesty I read this several months ago, but it’s one that I can remember clearly. Or rather, it’s one that I can visualise clearly. The writing really brought the town and the characters to life, and even now I can see the world this made inside my head.

There wasn’t time for the author to fully embark on the plotline, but the few pages we had put in a fantastic standing for the future “episodes”. There was even enough intrigue to leave the reader hanging on and eager for the rest. Whilst I’m not personally sold on this book-released-in-several-chunks-but-not-a-series approach, what we have of Carlson’s work is stellar, and I just hope the rest lives up to expectations.

Recommended for fans of:

  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Torn by Cat Clarke

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