Title: The fever king.
Author: Victoria Lee.
Page count: 384.
Release day: March 1st 2019.
Genre: YA, dystopia, fantasy (contains MM romance)
Rating: 5 stars.
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
In the former
United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the
sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a
technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the
minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
This was the lgbt dystopia book I needed!
I went into this knowing nothing about it. After the first chapter I realized this book was about a disease (I know sometimes I should read titles of books..). I also went into this book trying to read it as fast as I could, which I’m happy I did not end up doing! This book deserved some time!
So this book takes place in the future after there was a big disease spread and wars and stuff. Most people died because of this disease, but if you survive you get some kind of ability, this ability is different for everyone. So, logically, they named this disease magic. Our main character survives this disease at the beginning of the book, and gets an ability. He offers the minister’s offer to teach him things about his magic, Noam thinks in this way he might be able to help the other refugees living in the nation of Carolinia. And obviously lots happen.
So as you might have noticed, I’m not really able to describe this book, there are so many different parts to it. But nevertheless it was amazing!
The magic system is so original and well worked out! And the author does a great job in explaining this system without it being info dumping. They way it is explained in the story feels really natural!
The world is based on the US, so that is easy to imagine (never been there though). But it is in the future after some world disaster, so there are lots of places where no one lives. And different nations don’t trust each other etc. But what I actually wanted to say is that there is not much worldbuilding, but I would say that in this book it is not that necessary!
And then the characters! They were AMAZING! I loved them all. Noam is precious. I absolutely adore Dara’s character, he is such a ‘bad boy’, but actually he is really cute. All the other characters at their school (?) were also really interesting and well developed. There are some characters that you just don’t know if you should trust or not, which I always love. So at some point you just start agreeing with the main character, but you’re never sure haha.
I did see the idea of the reveal coming, but I did not see they why how coming, if that makes sense. Also the last chapter went really different then expected! In a good way! I cannot wait for the sequel, which will probably take at least another year..