Series: Half Life #1
Author: Sally Green
Published: March 2014 by Viking (Penguin Group)
Synopsis: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.
I received an ARC copy of Half Bad as part of the On the Same Page ARC Tours. I was so excited to read it, Half Bad was one of my most anticipated books of the season. It has everything I love reading about. Magic, action, and the exploration of good and evil. I was not at all disappointed.
The fact that there is so much analysis of good and evil in this book it unsurprisingly leads to the characters being incredibly multi-dimensional. The main character Nathan is incredibly likable and easy to empathize with. Right from the very beginning I was rooting for him to succeed and get what he wants most. But Nathan wasn't the only character like that. There were some amazing villainous characters including Nathan's sister who is one of those love to hate kind of characters and some other characters that were surprisingly good in the end. The characters were so interesting and complex that I wanted to continue to read to see what would happen with them in the end.
But I also seriously enjoyed the plot of this book. It began with an event that happened about a third of the way through the book and then we go back to the beginning of the story to find out what happened to lead up to that event and what happens afterwards. From there things slowly develop to an exciting conclusion with lots of action along the way. This is the first book in a trilogy but it was not very guilty of First Book Syndrome. It had just enough world-building, didn't keep many secrets but had lots of surprises, and there wasn't much of a cliffhanger. I'm interested to see where the rest of this series leads us because I am very invested in the series but I was so satisfied with the way this book ended that I am slightly worried.
Half Bad was an amazing start to a new Young Adult fantasy series with great characters, lots of action, and a very cool magical system. It will make you think and make you feel. I loved it.Have you read Half Bad? What were your thoughts? Leave me a comment and of course HAPPY READING!