Genre: Action/Light Sci-Fi
Pairings: F/F, M/F, M/M, MMFF (polyamorous setup for future installments)
Queer Rep: Bi/Pansexuality, Polyamory
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence.
My Rating: Four Stars
[Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
This novel was described to me as “Resident Evil” meets “Maze Runner” by the author, and honestly that was all it took to hook me. Going in with as little knowledge as possible wound up being an excellent experience, and I would recommend the same to you. The gist? Nasty zombie-esque creatures, an evil mega-corporation, and main characters who are trained to kill. What more could an action junkie ask for?
Omen Operation is an action packed thrill ride that will have you screaming for answers just as much as it will have you screaming for everyone to kiss. It is a new adult novel that ages the characters right beneath your gaze and forces a group of wildly varied individuals to tackle a horrifying situation. It satisfied not only my thirst for well-written on-page violence, but also for soft found families and a bisexual disaster MC.
From start to finish, this novel delivers everything it promises. Action, intrigue, and just-beneath-the-surface-please-God-kiss-already sexual tension. Something I wasn’t expecting was the overwhelming sense of found family illustrated between all the leading characters. It was a soft mortar that held the sharp edges of the book together, and it was expertly done. The fondness and familiarity they had in each other, the comfort and casual adoration... it was enough to make my heart swell every time. That sort of love and trust created something in them and in me. It wasn’t enough to just love the main character; if she adored someone else, so did I. If they loved another, oops—now I do too. I became happily entangled in their web, and it made every interaction something I wanted to read.
It also made me absolutely desperate for them to kiss, please, SOMEONE, ANYONE, GOD--
One of the main themes of the novel is something the MC wrestles with quite extensively. It felt like love vs. reality, or perhaps how our insides sometimes clash with our outsides. What appears to be outwardly “right” simply can’t be so, what we feel must sometimes be allowed to override logic. What’s left of ourselves if we set aside all feeling? The struggle our MC faced was a real one, and it was satisfying if sometimes painful to watch.
The setting changed often, but was always described with intricate detail. It was easy to get a sense of where our characters were at all times
Do I even need to do this? They were all great. They were very different, but not in a cliché or eye-rolling fashion. They felt very much like real people we could all know and love. There is no perfect or infallible character. They were not built on stereotypes. I have a feeling the author has an extensive backstory for every single one in their head, and I hope one day we get to see some of it. Hopefully, also, with more kissing.
The kissing thing isn’t actually a complaint. I love slow burn.
I’m just dying inside.
I honestly feel so blessed having read this book when I did, as the second instalment of the series will soon be up for preorder. I can’t wait to see more of the characters and unravel more of the mystery behind them. If you’re at all interested in action novels or found families, I highly recommend giving this title a read.
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From NineStar Press:
Omen Operation (ebook) — $5.99
Omen Operation (print) — $15.99 | Omen Operation (ebook) — $5.99