Review: Persona

Persona by Genevieve Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #14 for 2017
Follow the Clues Challenge: Trail 1, Clue 4
PopSugar Challenge Prompts:
– An espionage thriller
– A book with career advice (diplomacy, celebrity photography, espionage, ecoterrorism)
– A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
– The first book in a series you haven’t read before
– A book with an eccentric character
Read Harder Challenge Task: A book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color
Book Bingo Possible Squares:
– A Book with Multiple Perspectives
– A Book with an LGBTQA Character
Better World Books Challenge Task: A book set in a place you want to visit (Paris)
The Legendary Book Club of Habitica’s Ultimate Reading Challenge Task: A book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color

I enjoyed this political thriller and liked both of the POV characters, Suyana and Daniel. It’s good, though, that this was a character-driven story, because it seemed like so much of the eco-thriller plot was merely incidental. I never got a good feel for how this near-future political reality came about or what the UARC’s and Chordata’s issues really were. I did get the impression that Valentine had built a vastly detailed world for this novel but wound up putting only a small fraction of it on the page. Here’s hoping that the follow-up, Icon, delves more into the world’s backstory.

In the meantime, I think this would make an awesome movie, and I plan to read Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti for something a little different from this author.

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