Title: The Supreme Moment [Fractured Multiverse]
Author: C.G. Garcia
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Urban
Rating: 4 Stars
The moment a bunch of men with guns kicked in the doors of her house, eighteen-year-old Avery Morgan knew her estranged father’s gambling addiction had finally caught up to her family in the worst way. On the brink of doing something unspeakable to save her little sister from being taken, she is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Darrien Stathos, a business mogul whose true persona is rumored to be the lord of the criminal underworld known as Kairos. Darrien announces that he is also there to collect on a contract with Avery’s father—for Avery.
As she struggles with the reality of being the property of an alleged crime lord and the constant harassment of two FBI agents, several disturbing observations about Darrien’s eyes and the frightening, inexplicable ways he stops a couple of would-be assassins make Avery rethink her initial dismissal of some of the more outlandish gossip that questioned his humanity.
Add to that learning a disturbing and dangerous truth about herself, and Avery is ready to break, especially when the truth of Darrien’s identity is something that will shatter the very foundation of her understanding of reality.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Wow, what a book. Going into The Supreme Moment, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. It had a strange title, a stranger cover, and having blatantly ignored the synopsis, I wasn’t sure what the story was even about. Several chapters later? Mind blown.
Technically speaking, the book is very well written. I didn’t notice any punctuation, grammar, or spelling mistakes—the narrative was clean, concise, easy to follow, and engaging.
Though the book contained a rather small cast of characters, those that were pushed to the forefront felt well fleshed-out and real. Despite the absurdity of some of the events happening in and around Avery’s life, I felt her reactions—given her circumstance—were as genuine as could be portrayed… and let’s be honest, some seriously weird shit was going down. I spent a good portion of this book with my heart broken and twitching as I watched Avery’s life completely upended—and there was really nothing she could do about it.
This wasn’t your typical YA book where the main female lead is a whiny teenager intent on making brash decisions, putting herself and everyone around her in danger. No, Avery was a very real, very intelligent girl who took a good look at her circumstances, and made the best decision she could make. Sometimes that decision sucked—sometimes all the options sucked—but she did the best she could. Despite the fact that she didn’t have a particularly outgoing, bubbly personality, I fell in love with her character. I wanted her to succeed—because it was so tragic to watch her struggle through the impossible circumstances she’d been handed.
I’ll admit, as far as the world building goes, I was lost (and so was Avery!). All the talk about the multi-verse, echo universes, etc had my head spinning. It was a little much to take in over the short period of time where it was explained, but I think I got the general gist. The plot was an intriguing mix of mystery, action/adventure, thriller, and romance that I ate up with a spoon. Once I started reading, I almost didn’t want to stop (in fact, I ended up staying up four hours past my usual bedtime in order to read just one.. okay, maybe four, more chapters). I really enjoyed this book.
Now, I very nearly gave this book a 5 star rating, but if you look up there at the star rating, you’ll see that I didn’t. Here’s the thing: As good and engaging as this story was, I did feel that the romance aspect of this book could have been delved into a bit more. Here was this 18 year old suddenly living with this guy she’s expected to treat as her lover, and despite the fact that several chapters were dedicated to the awkwardness of their relationship and how she handled sleeping with him… that was basically it. Rather than a romance, it felt more as if Avery had Stockholm syndrome. At the beginning it was understandable: she didn’t know Darrien all that well and she was scared out of her wits, but it never seemed to push past that. She slept with him because she didn’t dare refuse him (and who would), but despite her admission that she loved him at the end of the book, it never felt like love. She didn’t seem to be particularly attracted to the guy after the first chapter, or even drawn to him sexually. There was all this tension built up in the first few chapters, and I waited, and waited with baited breath to see when she’d finally give in and really fall for the guy…. and it never happened. It was kind of like she just gave up and went “well, that’s a thing that happens now”. It was disappointing.
Also: The ending was a bit bittersweet. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but there were aspects of the ending that were both both long-awaited, and saddening. I’m glad this book ended the way it did, but it was a bit disheartening to see the continual suffering of the characters despite what should have been a happy ending.
Overall? I really enjoyed the book—even more so than I expected. Would I read it again? Yes. Definitely. Would I recommend it? Again, yes. Though I’m still not thrilled about the title, the book itself was an enjoying read, and I’d be thrilled to pick up another book in this series. I think anyone who enjoys YA fiction—particularly in the fantasy, science fiction, or even paranormal genres—would enjoy this book.