I, Volcano by Eule Grey

3 stars

Tree branches against a bright orange sunset.

I, Volcano is a dystopian novel set in an oppressed island nation. Jalob Baleine is a medic who was forced to evacuate from Skarle, her home nation, when she was 10. She meets Corail Esplash, a brash violinist from Ansar, and sparks fly. 

I was really torn when reading this book. There were parts that I really enjoyed, like Jalob’s character. The responsibility Jalob felt to save others, her struggle to articulate her feelings, and her longing for home endeared her to readers. 

I also liked the contrast between Jalob and Corail. From their personalities to their physical statures, the two women were opposites in every way. As much as I enjoyed the opposites attract theme, there were times when I felt like I was muddling through the story. In my opinion, the story would have been stronger with a bit more curation. 

The book includes a teaser for a sequel, and after reading the teaser, I would give it a try. Judging by the teaser, I’m betting Grey’s writing gets even stronger with the second installment in the series.

Thank you to the author for providing a free review copy. I am leaving this review voluntarily and it reflects my honest opinion.

I, Volcano is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

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