Book Review: The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett

The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose BlodgettThe Pearl Savage: What it is about

What says: “Seventeen-year old princess, Clara Williamson, lives an old-fashioned existence in a biosphere of the future. When her sadistic mother, Queen Ada, betroths her to an abusive prince of a neighboring sphere, Clara determines to escape Outside where savages roam free.

Clara escapes tyranny only to discover the savages are not the only people who survived the cataclysmic events of one hundred forty years prior. Once Outside, Clara finds herself trapped, unable to return to the abusive life of the sphere while facing certain danger Outside.

Can Clara find love and freedom with the peril that threatens to consume her?

The Pearl Savage: What I thought

I loved the beginning of the book. It started all with princess Clara living in a dome with her friends, her awful mother, and an (unknown) number of other people. She’s bound to marry a really unpleasant and violent prince from a different kingdom.

I really felt for poor Clara who had to suffer abuse from both her mother and her fiancé. It wasn’t over the top, it was believable for the most part. It was clear that Clara couldn’t go on like this and had to escape, although she knew that outside the dome, there were savages and the air wasn’t good enough to breathe.

Together with her friends, she plans an escape. I loved the book until a little after she tried to escape. Thereafter, the book didn’t seem so special any more, as it became more a kind of romance novel, with two candidates to become Clara’s boyfriend (not counting the prince). I started to get a bit bored of the story.

Whereas I liked the idea of the book and the setting, I was more interested in “seeing” some more of the world they lived in, rather than getting a romance story. There was also some steampunk which I found totally redundant.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Number of pages: 272

First published: 2011

I got this: free download from Amazon

Genre: fantasy, post-apocalyptic, steampunk

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