My summary: In The Key of F, Takanori Warrior and eighteen-year-old Fale starts receiving visions of the future that become increasingly clearer each day. But it seems she’s not the only one able to see her visions, and soon, the group that dominates this dystopian civilization puts a hit out on her and a close friend. The story mostly follows Fale and Keron as Fale learns who she really is and why Control is after her.
My Rating: 3/5
My Review: There were a lot of things I liked about The Key of F. Fale starts out as a badass Takanori Warrior and has quite a few fights where she really holds her own. She seems like a formidable opponent against Control and an equal match for Keron. However, somewhere in the middle the plot started to spiral a bit. Fale starts to lean on Keron so much and become so dependent I no longer recognized her as the same character who had started this journey. I really liked the chemistry they seemed to have until they started arguing about things that didn’t really matter and both started reacting immaturely in serious and deadly situations. I feel like this is a young adult trend that is widely accepted by readers, but it’s just never been for me.
The plot started out strong and I felt like it was headed in a good direction. I couldn’t put it down and read it for days straight. But somewhere toward the middle or end, there were multiple scenes that didn’t really contribute to the story or push the plot forward. The dialogue became repetitive and uneccessary with the greetings and small-talk, and the meetings where not a whole lot was accomplished. It felt like the author was stalling on having the characters act so she could build the different relationships and add tension. Fale started making bad choices that almost got her killed time and time again against Keron’s advice, and it seemed to switch back and forth between feminism and dependence where she would go against his wishes in one breath, claiming she was independent and could make her own choices, and in the next she would cry and ask him if he still wanted to keep her.
I really liked Keron and Fale’s relationship at first. I felt like they had chemistry and I liked following them. I wish the author had let Fale be stronger and able to stand on her own as she had in the beginning of the book. A good relationship doesn’t weaken you—it strengthens you. And an effective plot should push forward regardless of the relationship status. The main plot of The Key of F was not the relationship, but it felt like the rush to find the person kidnapped and locate the thing that was missing took a backburner to Keron and Fale’s new issues in a big way.
I know many readers like having time to get to know the characters in the midst of the action, so others might appreciate all the slow pauses. However, I feel like a healthy balance is key, and a few things could be edited out or shortened to keep things from dragging too much. It is a good plot and I feel like it has great potential. The action scenes were well-written and exciting. The premise was intriguing. Again, I couldn’t put it down for the first half and I was excited to wake up and pick it up the next morning. I wish I had been able to hold that enthusiasm, but I hope my review helps the author in some way.
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