“Singer” by Brigid Collins
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 14, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Length: 167 pages
Book Description: A silent woman awakens on the edge of a dusty wasteland. A Lady Fencer leads a journey to claim a powerful sword. A young Guide-in-training takes his unwanted follower along while he attempts his master’s trial. Their goals all converge in the mysterious ruined city, from which no one has ever returned alive.
From the book description, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when reading “Singer.” The narrative moves back and forth between two different parties endeavoring to reach the center of the “Nameless City,” each with a mysterious girl who sings and is unsure of her purpose, but feels a strong “pull” toward the city.
As the story unfolds, each group embraces their own adventure and faces several obstacles as they approach the center of the city. The closer they get, the more deadly and dangerous the obstacles become.
While this story was very interesting and creative, it was slightly slow and I didn’t feel like I was all that invested in the characters. With two of the main characters barely able to communicate, and the account jumping back and forth between group perspectives, the individuals were too underdeveloped to be drawn to.
From the prologue, you get a glimpse of the destruction and danger lurking in the center of the Nameless City and how it is intricately tied to machines. The random appearance of various machines was slightly predictable, while adding a twist to the storyline and consistently moving the plot along. However, the machines being such a focal point to the story made me wonder what the author, Brigid Collins, was trying to say about technology in our world (if anything). I may be reading too much into the metaphor and trying to find substance and meaning in what is simply a fun and easy read. Overall, it’s a good, quick read for young adult sci-fi and fantasy bookworms.
*I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.