Author: Michael Evans
Published on: 3 October 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format: Kindle Edition
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Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.
When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.
Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.
Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the author, Michael Evans, for giving me an opportunity to read your novel, ‘Control Freakz’.
‘Control Freakz’ sounds like a dystopian novel that is just right up my alley. I was excited to get started with this novel as it sounds like an action-packed, ‘out-of-the-world’ novel. Needless to say, I had pretty high expectations for ‘Control Freakz’.
However, ‘Control Freakz’ didn’t live up to my expectations. I got hooked to the plot and the seemingly ‘helpless’ world at the beginning of the novel. The main character, Natalie started getting on my nerves around 40% into the story and I feel the plot spiraling out of control towards the end of the novel. I understand the emotional distress the Natalie, Hunter, and Ethan has to go through in the unfair country that is run by a tyrant dictator. However, Natalie’s constant thoughts of empowerment followed by utter defeat really bother me. She contradicts herself at times when she would suddenly feel like there is hope only to start breaking down and gets all depress thereafter. The emotional roller coaster ride with Natalie is definitely not my cup of tea.
I didn’t warm up to any character in particular. At times, I will feel that I finally understand a certain character’s personality only to have him/her act totally opposite of what I initially thought he/she would be like. Some of the characters are just too unpredictable. I’m unable to understand their thought processes. However, I can tell that the constant living in fear of the government has caused some characters to be mentally unstable at times.
Something noteworthy about ‘Control Freakz’ would be the author’s strong command in the English language. His exquisite choice of phrases and words bring out not only the severity of the situation the characters are in but also the anguish some characters feel in the tragic and seemingly hopeless dystopian world.
The main reason why I give ‘Control Freakz’ 2 stars is because, in my opinion, the climax of the novel has never been achieved throughout the entire novel. All the obstacles or events which occur are only stepping stones and those stepping stones only help to edge the plot towards the climax. The novel did end with a cliffhanger so my guess would be that the subsequent novel would possibly start off with a bang.
Even after completing ‘Control Freakz’, there is still this constant bugging feeling going on within me. The bugging question is whether the feelings Natalie has for Hunter is real or whether it is just a feeling of infatuation. There was a scene, in the novel, where Hunter was having spasms and screaming in agony on the floor. But, Natalie didn’t try to make him more comfortable or even stay by his side after attempts of shaking him awake failed. She just huddles at a corner in a complete mental meltdown.
All in all, though I might not have enjoyed reading this novel, I would still encourage readers out there to give ‘Control Freakz’ a chance. What might not be my cup of tea, might just be yours. I’ve seen positive reviews on Goodreads and some readers certainly enjoyed this novel a ton.