The Citizen is the second book in E.B. Dawson’s Sci-Fi Fantasy series Lost Empires.
“There might be peace in the jungle, but it was a rare, vicious peace–accustomed to pain and death.”
– E.B. Dawson, The Citizen
As the nation of Riyen tries to recover from a shocking revelation, Anissa finds herself completely isolated from her friends. Struggling with bitterness, guilt, and grief, her passion for justice threatens to turn into a quest for vengeance. But when her true identity comes into question, she will uncover a life-altering truth that will shake the world to its core.
For my review of Book 1, The Traveler, head this way…
I have a confession to make. Are you ready? I don’t know how to review this book without giving away massive spoilers. Yes, it’s true. I’m stumped. I’ve been letting this knowledge intimidate me for the last couple months as I mulled over my review.
Normally I don’t stress too much about spoilers, I can avoid them pretty easily when talking about what I loved in a book. That’s not the case with The Citizen.
Look, as a both a writer myself and an avid reader the simple truth is I can see a plot twist or reveal coming from a mile away. Very little surprises me in story-telling anymore. And that’s okay, because for me it’s about the journey rather than the destination.
But here’s the thing; the reveal, the twist, the discovery in The Citizen surprised me. It pulled off something that so few books do these days. It subverted my expectations. I was actually shocked, and in the best way.
So while I can tell you that Dawson’s prose is exquisite, her characterization always on point, her creativity unquestioned, the real reason that I absolutely loved this book was the plot. And I refuse to tell you anything about it.
I refuse. You can’t make me.
Because you need to experience this fresh and unbiased for yourself.
I mean, just the ending..where this story takes the reader…cans of worms…can’t say enough without saying too much, aghh I have so much frustration over this dilemma!
Just read it, and when you’re done we’ll have a gushy-fangirl conversation, okay? Get to it. I’ll wait here.
Have you read The Citizen? What did you think? What book has totally surprised you with it’s twist?