Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Generation V by M.L. Brennan

Generation V
Author:M.L. Brennan
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Roc
ISBN:  0451418409
ISBN13: 9780451418401
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher

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Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

I have not read many stories where there is a male protagonist. I don't know if it's because there are not many of them or that I just don't pick them up but GENERATION V was a character driven story with a neat take on vampires that I had a good time reading.

Fortitude starts out as a dorky, quite, uncomfortable in his own skin kinda guy. He has a "girlfriend" and roommate that walk all over him and a family that he would rather not be associated with. He works in a nasty coffee shop with a boss that treats her employees like crap. He is the youngest of his siblings and he has not yet made the transition to full vampire so he really doesn't have anything in common with them and he likes it that way. Throughout the story Fortitude grows into himself and learns to embrace who he is to save a few little girls that were kidnapped by another vampire. Suzume was a neat character. She is a Kitsune shifter hired by Fortitude's mother to protect him. She does a great job of throwing him off his game but also giving him the confidence he needs to pursue what he wants to do. She calls him out on his faults often but you can tell she cares about what happens to him no matter how hard she claims not to. There is not a romance between the two but there were a few times where some sparks can be seen.

Fortitude's family was interesting to say the least. His mother is a very old vampire that makes him come home for family dinners although she adopted him out after he was born to be raised by humans. His brother Chivalry is loving and devoted to his human wife while also killing her a little more every day. His sister hates him and would do anything to see him fail. You end up getting to know them well during the story and you will either love them or hate them. 

GENERATION V was an interesting read. It managed to pull off a well-rounded story while also introducing you to everyone and everything that makes up Brennan's world. With the way things progressed I'm definitely interested in what will happen next for Fortitude. I'm not sure when book 2 will be here but I will be reading it!

I gave it 4/5 stars