Unawakened by Trillian Anderson
Posted by brriske
Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Dystopian
Date Published: January 26, 2016
In order to restore peace after the Dawn of Dae, the United States has declared martial law. Enforcing the militant regime won’t be easy, and a new policing force of dae and their bonded humans has been mustered to keep the populace under tight control.
Alexa wants nothing to do with the government, its army, or the special forces meant to keep rebellion at bay, but she has a choice: do what Kenneth Smith wants or die a quick death. As one of the unawakened, she has no chance of infiltrating the police on her own. Forced to partner with Kenneth’s dae, who dislikes her almost as much as she dislikes it, her life hinges on how well she convinces others she’s a big, bad monster just like them instead of an ordinary human woman.
Working for the police is no easier than dealing with Kenneth’s work. During the day, she’s a part of the law, but at night, she’s a tool of crime and war. It’s only a matter of time before she’s caught–or fails her mission and is killed by her drug-dealing boss.
If she wants to live a free life, she’ll need to take care of Kenneth once and for all. Since he won’t listen to reason and let her go, she’s determined to buy her freedom with his death.
Unfortunately, Kenneth isn’t the only problem in her life, and unless she does something about Rob, she’ll lose the independence she fought so hard for. Worse, unless she’s careful, he’ll make her like it…
>This is the first book in the Dae Portals series and sets up the characters and action for the next books. The story seems to take place in a post-apocalyptic future. The levels in society have a lot of influence in everyone’s life. Alexa is in a poor level of society. She is forced to work for a drug lord, finding people her wants found, much like a bounty hunter. The only way to increase class is to gain knowledge, so Alexa is secretly attending college in order to better herself and get out from under the thumb of her evil employer.
>One day Alexa wakes up and the weird and wacky have taken over. A man, Rob, entered Alexa’s apartment from her refrigerator. A whole bunch of strange characters from talking werewolves to unicorns to humans with weird powers have all taken over the world. They are called “Dae” and either attach themselves to a human or they eat them. The evil Dae come out at night, so there is a curfew for the surviving humans.
>The best character in the whole book is Colby. Colby is the mac & cheese casserole that came to life in Alexa’s fridge. Some fairly serious things happen in the story and Colby is the humorous release to the madness. I can imagine a mac & cheese just bouncing around leaving cheese marks all over and calling Alexa “mommy”. Later in the book Colby really shows some helpful skills.
>Rob is a human-like Dae who has decided he wants to own Alexa. He comes to her rescue multiple times, but Alexa seems to have an inexplicable hatred towards Rob. Alexa has this skin condition that causes her extreme painful rashes if she is touched. Rob is the only touch that does not hurt her. Alexa gets beaten up more than any human should be able to take, but her pride and determination get her through. She comes to the attention of a Dae who feeds from her pain. That whole situation is disturbing and Alexa realizes that Rob is a good Dae when he tries to heal her from that whole experience.
>Alexa’s drug boss is determined that Alexa finish a job she started before the Dae came. Even in her injured state, she is looking for stolen drugs or drug money with Colby and Rob’s help. This story is both exciting and ridiculous. I had so much fun reading about this strange time. I hope Alexa learns to trust Rob soon. I don’t know how many more beat downs she can take.
>I love a story so unique I cannot figure out where it is going. The characters are well developed, some being hysterical (Colby). I am a reviewer for Paranormal Authors and Romance that Rocks. I am giving this book 5 fangs.
Trillian Anderson is, like so many of us, a figment of someone’s imagination. She was born somewhere in the United States, loves to travel, and has no scruples about moving to new and interesting places around the world. She loves fantasy fiction of all types, but holds a special fondness for urban fantasies, epic fantasies, and stories capable of capturing her imagine.
Most of all, she enjoys grabbing a flashlight, hiding under the blankets, and pretending she’s asleep when she’s, in actuality, reading a beloved book.