Book Review – Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

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Apolonia is a New Adult, Science Fiction story about a girl called Rory. Rory survived a horrific attack that left her parents and best friend dead. Three years later, she’s attending college and is working as a research assistant for her college professor Dr Zorba. Dr Zorba comes into possession of a rock believed to be from outer space. Along with Dr Zorba and Cyrus, Rory’s fellow research assistant, Rory is analysing and recording data about this rock and the plot develops from there. I can’t say anymore without revealing spoilers.

Rory is a bitch to put it bluntly! You may forgive her because of what happened in her past but having said that, it didn’t make me like her anymore. A love triangle of a sort develops between herself, Benji a fellow classmate and Cyrus, the other research assistant. Benji was a bit sappy and stalkerish for my tastes and Cyrus’ character felt mostly unbelievable.

I felt that the story was a bit predictable and unfortunately I didn’t care for any of the characters, so I wasn’t bothered about what could happen to them or who Rory ended up with. The plot, although it was action packed enough to keep me reading, didn’t have much depth.

I don’t understand why the novels namesake is a character that you don’t meet until 3/4’s of the way through, and she’s essentially a side character. She wasn’t a driving force in the story and she wasn’t significant enough to have the book named after her!

Overall the story was OK. It didn’t captivate me like previous works by this author but at the same time it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t finish it.  I recommend this story to fans of New Adult novels that want more than just a romance story but not with a deep and meaningful plot.

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