Book Name: The Famoux
Author Name: Kassandra Tate
Google provided Blurb:
Fame can be deadly.
Out of the wreckage of environmental collapse, the country of Delicatum emerged. Its most popular celebrities are the Famoux, uniquely beautiful stars of a reality TV show called the Fishbowl. In a world still recovering from catastrophe, they provide a 24/7 distraction.
Sixteen-year-old Emilee Laurence is obsessed with the Famoux – they provide a refuge from her troubled home life and the bullies at school. When she receives an unimaginable offer to become a member herself, she takes it. Leaving behind everything she’s ever known, Emilee enters a world of high glamour and even higher stakes.
Because behind their perfect image lies an ugly truth – an anonymous stalker has been dictating the Famoux’s every move, and being popular really is a matter of life or death.
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A thrilling dystopian take on fame and celebrity culture, perfect for fans of Suzanne Collins’ A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Goodreads rating: 4.42
Sticks and Stones may break your bones but haters make you Famoux.~The Famoux by Kassandra Tate
Emilee Laurence is a living a sad, non eventful, depressed life in the state of Eldae since her very birth. It’s been that way because of her glitch, her difference, her uniqueness. But she doesn’t quite know that, and now it doesn’t matter because the only Silver lining of her life left her and her family.
Her mother had left them in a broken and wrecked family with no promise of her return. Gone was Emilee’s only reason of surviving and now she only trudged through life to complete school and look after her father after when her siblings would leave the state of Eldae and start a new life and better life for themselves in Betnedoor. So, she walks through her uneventful which takes a turn for better or worse when she is offered to join The Famoux. Elite of the Elite. Talented to a fault. Best of the best. And slaves of an invisible threatening their lives.
When I started reading this book the plot started out with a sad girl’s life in wrecked family but in a completely normal world. The world even felt like ours because there weren’t much restrictions on the people of Delicatum, aside from the genetic mutation, which isn’t even their fault *cough*.
So, you would expect the book to bore you, ’cause you know, the setting of the book looked pretty much like ours (up until Emilee is offered to join the Famoux) even though we are promised a Dystopian world.
But then you would be wrong. Somehow, Kassandra Tate managed to walk us through the book as if she were walking a new born through the world of Delicatum and explained everything precisely and in very simple words. That scored the books points with me. Because even though, there wasn’t much mystery about how this Dystopian world actually worked, like we get in every Dystopian book, it created new elements of surprise and many original ideas that were really so fascinating.
As usual, like you get in my Reviews, I will provide you with all the things I liked about this book and all the things that hit me wrong.
Let’s start with the positive, shall we?
1. I really liked how the writer has written Emilee’s monologue and her emotions regarding her life and family and surroundings. It was silent but so strong.
2. Next, I liked that Emilee’s uniqueness made her stand out and eventually became the reason of her joining the Famoux. And then, as everyone loves the Famoux and to the outsider there’s just love between them. Wrong, Emilee soon finds out that becoming a Famoux doesn’t mean that everyone is going to love you.
3. The mystery of DEFED and the way it was framed and solved. I was pleasantly surprised when the mystery of DEFED was uncovered.
4. As I said before I loved all the original ideas from the author of the Fissarex and Analytix, they were oh so, fascinating.
5. Loved how the writer walked us through the world with the correct pace.
And, unfortunately there are some negatives of the book.
1. As a reader we are quick to connect the dots, and figure out the mystery and I think that’s why we expect the protagonist to be the same way too. Smart and figurative. So, I don’t know, if I am being unfair to Emilee, now a Famoux member as Emeray, but I think she wasn’t smart for teh most part of the book. Sure, Emeray could come up with and rare and evil plan within seconds but I thought that when it came to connect the dots and figure out a mystery by coming to some realization, she lacked.
2. I was pleasantly surprised when the mystery behind DEFED was uncovered. However, I was a little disappointed by the backstory because it felt a little repetitive and predictable.
That’s my review, folks. And I am still hung up on this book after it ended on a blissfull cliffhanger (note the sarcasm) but then I was so happy I had a wattpad account where I could read the sequel, just to be informed by the author when I contacted her that I couldn’t read the sequel just yet because it didn’t match up with the published version of Book 1. So I guess I wait with 1000 other readers for the author to take pity on us and update it to match Book 1.
Would I recommend The Famoux?
– Yes, I most definitely will.
So, grab this books when it hits the shelves on January 21 2021
Who is it best for to read?
Readers who like:
~ The Hunger Games, Divergent series and Down World.
~A nice Dystopian setting with a dark mystery
~To join a world which looks very much like ours but is just a cover up for something dark and twisted.
~A really surprising plot twist.
My rating: 4.4☆
See you guys at the pages of a hopefully another heartwrenching book.
All my love,
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Thank you netgalley and Smith publicity for the ARC.