Monday, July 11, 2016

The Fourth Piece: A Book Review

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...  Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.  In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war...

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option. 
In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.


The Fourth Piece is a story of three brothers who have many differences.  Like most families, they have their troubles getting along and handling the peculiarlarities of each different boy.  The fact that each of these brothers have an alien attribute that gives them powers beyond most mortals, and aliens, is a bit of a side story.

The author, E. Ardell did an okay job of introducing us to each of the brothers and trying to get inside their heads to figure out what makes them tick.  The story is told through a different brother's sight during each chapter, so the character development was interesting.  Lawrence was definitely my favorite and was the most fun to see through the eyes of, while the other two brothers were a little flat.

The story on the other hand, was difficult to understand.


I had a hard time understanding the backstory with Order and the Chosen Four.  I know that as a reader, you learn as the character's learn, but I just felt like Ardell knew what was going on with the characters, so we were supposed to too.  There wasn't enough explaining in clear terms what was going on and why.

If you could forgive the story for the "why" behind it all, the choices that the brothers had to make about revealing themselves to save their fourth brother, and the choices that each character had to make on whether to help them or not, was interesting and an okay read.

I never felt like their was very much action or interest in the story, but I did like the characters for the most part.  I read the story into the night, and then felt like I left off at a decent point with more to come the next day, only to come back and find I only had a few pages left and not much story.  It just kind of ended without any fanfare or interest.

I don't know if I'll read the next book or not.  There wasn't much plot and while I like the characters for the most party, I don't really feel invested in their future.