The Syndicateby Jeriel Ng
Published on February 17, 2011 by Createspace
Genres: Adult, Dystopian
When was the last time you looked back and questioned, am I in the right or the wrong? As human beings, we all have the natural tendency to assume our actions are right, but that is not necessarily always the case. We all tend to act before thinking. Like most, Damien Knox finds himself in situations he must deem either moral or immoral. What makes Damien's situation even more demanding are the two forces that drive his decisions: his peers in the Syndicate and the Bastion, revolutionary factions under the new ruling of Chancellor Hagan. Collectively, each member of both groups must work alongside each other to take down the corrupted usurper. A large revolution soon breaks out, but tensions increase and conflicts erupt between the Syndicate and the Bastion as they continue to stand up for their beliefs. Whether they can or cannot co-exist together to put down a common enemy is their own decision. And ultimately, it determines their own fate. Will they succeed, or will the city of New Valley fall victim to the new administration of Hagan?
I’ll admit, the back cover blurb for The Syndicate sounded interesting to me, but it wasn’t my genre choice so I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the novel. I have no complaints about the writing. It’s very good, especially considering the age of the author. However, the story itself was putting me to sleep.
I struggled to get through just the prologue. The character, Damien Knox’s, reflections on the events happening within the world of New Valley came off as dry and didn’t keep my attention at all. I pushed through the prologue and it got a little better, but within a couple pages, I put the book down to clean (I hate cleaning). There was a lot of telling versus showing. The author had beautiful, vivid descriptions, but after a while, I began to skim those, hoping whatever came up next would draw me into the story. This whole showing vs. telling is the main reason I put the book down.
After reading the hundredth page of The Syndicate, I couldn’t wait to put it down. It just wasn’t my genre and I found the story to be boring. It didn’t grab my attention at all and although I don’t like leaving a book unfinished, I don’t think I could get through this one without falling asleep. The well-written words just couldn’t make up for the rest of it.