Furyborn: Empirium, Book 1

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Riveting teen fantasy follows two fierce women warriors.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 18+

An okay read for a bored adult, but not something I'd give to my child unless I handed them a pack of condoms with it

My husband and I got this book as something to read out loud together to wind down in the evenings. The world is interesting, and the plot starts out great. But I agree with another reviewer that the back-and-forth perspectives were designed to end each character's chapter with an annoying cliffhanger. Toward the end of the book there is an embarrassingly melodramatic and explicit sex scene. I can't imagine a parent in their right mind who would read that scene and then recommend the book to their child unless they are absolutely assuming that their child is mature enough and ready to actually have sex. Except sex in the real world is definitely not how it is depicted here. I rolled my eyes a million times. The use of profanity also felt out of place in this fantasy novel set in a different universe--wouldn't they have their own swear words?

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 18+

Definitely NOT Young Adult

This book is definitely NOT a Young Adult book. If that means 18-25 then sure but I think that label is targeting young teens. It is very violent and has the most explicit sex scenes in a book I've read since the first Game of Thrones book (that was the only one of those I read). It is the first time for the characters as the CSM review states but it over romanticizes it (as most media does) and will definitely do more harm than good to any young teen. I've read books with far worse language but there were a few uses of the F-word if that bothers you. Beyond that the book really isn't that great. It was very unoriginal and each chapter is written to simply leave you with a cliffhanger while it switches view points to the other character. I lost count on the number of times the main characters were knocked out or passed out for whatever reason. It's not written with any great themes or messages to enjoy, just a "I have to see what happens" plot.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

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