I received an ARC of Fall Far From the Tree by Amy McNulty in exchange for an honest review.
Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.
Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting “outsiders,” fugitives who’ve snuck onto her father’s island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task.
Fastello is the son of the “king” of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples’ increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them.
An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers’ care.
Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the “barbarians” who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed.
When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.
Have you ever read a book that you really want to like, but just can’t get into for some reason? Well, that’s how I felt about Fall Far From the Tree. The story is unique and each chapter rotates betweeen the point of view of the 4 main characters. However, the characters and the story didn’t draw me in. I debated on trying to finish this book in the hopes that at some point it would draw me in, but about halfway through I decided not to since I have so many other books in my TBR list that I want to read.
Don’t let my review sway you from trying this book out for yourself. I’m sure for plenty of readers who enjoy a young adult fantasy read this would be a very enjoyable read.