Review: Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Hatred Day

Author: T.S. Pettibone

Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci Fi

Publication Date: January 23, 2016

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley.

In the year 2052, it’s not love but hate that unites the world.

Humanity is unified against the Inborns, an extraterrestrial species with godlike intelligence and abilities whose arrival on earth caused an environmental and biological crisis.

Enslaved and despised even by her own Inbornkind, 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami reawakens to the world after having her memories stolen and is certain of only one thing: she will do anything to ensure her freedom. But her resolution is soon tested when the son of a high-ranking human official is murdered and her home city becomes the center of the interspecies war, one that might see the Inborns purged. Desperate to find a way out of the city for herself and her family, Snofrid risks making a deal with the manipulative Inborn Commander, Hadrian, and his brutal cadre of soldiers. Her task is simple: take part in a historic hunt that will bring wealth and fame to all who survive. Unfortunately, Snofrid’s role is one in which survival is rarely seen—the bait.

I loved this book so much that I ordered a physical copy while I was still halfway through the eARC I received. The second book’s release is so far away, and I’m DYING for it.

Nearly every blogger runs into what I’m dealing with in regards to this book: I loved it so much, that I honestly can’t organize my thoughts. Should I talk about the high speed action and danger that kept the characters (and me!) on their toes? Or should I talk about how I fell hopelessly in love with Lycidius with no hope of ever recovering? From the characters to the plot, this book managed to woo me in a way that I haven’t been wooed in a while. (If you follow me on Goodreads, you’d know that I’ve been steadily reading books that just didn’t end up being for me.)

Snofrid is smart and unbelievably brave, but she’s also no infallible. She has been through hell by the start of the book, and she had her memories stolen, leaving her with no clue who most people are. Her memory loss is very selective, as the person who stole her memories only stole her memories of who people are. Seeing her navigate relationships with people she was close to was pretty interesting, as they remember all of the history they have, even if she doesn’t.

With doses of action, politics, and romance, Hatred Day is an awesome read for anyone who loves dystopians with a dash of sci fi. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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