Review: Impervious by Heather Letto (Ascension #1)

******I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much to Heather Letto and Book Fish Books!!!******

This gripping dystopian novel by Heather Letto features Fran, an Unacountable in the city of Impervious. While the living in the city has its benefits, Fran chooses to live off-the-grid, moving out of sight and gathering what food she can find with her friend, Pete, all in the hope that can remain hopeful of seeing the Epoch before The Beast, a mysterious illness responsible for the deaths of previous Generations, takes her hope from her.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a Bible quote on the first page of the novel. It’s uncommon to see overt Christian content in dystopian literature, likely because the genre lends itself towards a dark tone. However, it makes sense, considering that apocalyptic and dark situations take place in the Bible, making it perhaps the “first” dystopian piece of literature. The theme carries out well throughout the book, and as a Christian reader, I certainly thought it was original and a positive feature. However, this theme is also subtle, and those who are not reading from a Christian background will still appreciate it for being a thoughtful, hopeful, and action-packed story.

The world-building in this book was fantastic! I felt fully absorbed in this thought-out dystopian universe, and fully invested in Fran’s distrust of the city, and in her off-the-grid lifestyle. The immersive quality of Letto’s beautiful prose, combined with the world building, made this a suspenseful read, with just the right amount of underlying, lurking terror that the dystopian genre is famous for.

A minor issue I had with this book, lies mostly within the first few chapters. The book starts off very quickly, and very fast-paced. This is a good thing, except I felt that it didn’t leave enough time for the reader to ease into the world that the author so deftly created, and resulted in more telling than showing. However, this cleared up quickly, and I was able to sink into the author’s cleverly crafted world and stay there right until the very end.

Ultimately, Impervious is an entry to the dystopian genre that is as thoughtful and well-crafted as it is fast-paced and exciting. Highly recommended to fans of Divergent,  Ruth Silver’s Aberrant, and Gemma Malley’s The Declaration.

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