Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: Descent

About the Book
Title: Descent
Author: Kallie Ross
Series: A Lost Tribe #1
Publication Date: June 9, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, 
Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…
Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.
“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.”

My Review of Descent
I love the mythology and world building of Descent. I love the idea of a secret group or civilization living underground hidden for centuries. Throughout the course of the journey back to the surface, Olivia and her friends, encounter many unbelievable things from the legends of the people who live below ground. I loved this aspect also. 

This is not a simple story of falling underground during an earthquake. This society has its own customs, and people who feel that outsides should not be welcome. As Ollie and her friends accept the help of Gabriel to lead them back to the surface, they begin to discover not all is right above or below the surface. 

Ollie is smart and intuitive; these qualities help her understand what is going on and helps her survive some of the dangers along her journey. Jesse and Alex antics tend to be the comic relief during the story, and it is obvious they are not over each other. Mateo is kind and protective, which is why I rooted for him in the romance department through most of the book. 

The Descent has originally and magic that really drew me in. The ending left an opening for future adventures from Ollie and her friends. I can only hope Kallie Ross decides to give us more. I really enjoyed getting to know Ollie, Jesse, Mateo, and Alex and watch them form new friendship with the teenagers from underground. I really want to see what is going to happen next with everything that happened in Descent. 

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