Book Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee
Published March 2019 by Skyscape|375 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: Feverwake #1
Genre: YA Sci Fi/Dystopia
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.
The Fever King is an interesting one! I’m really glad I read it, and I ended up really liking it!
The setting was really interesting. It’s a futuristic America that’s been torn apart by a magical virus, and there’s elements of fantasy and sci-fi. It seems like there’s a lot to explore in Noam’s world, especially since America isn’t the America we know. At least in terms of geography. In terms of refuges and immigrants, the world Noam lives in is all too familiar, and very, very real.
I really liked Noam, and he’s such a different character than Dara. To a certain extent, he’s more trusting of others than Dara. That surprised me, considering how Noam grew up, but I also don’t blame him. I feel like I might have done the same thing if I were him. I do get his decision to stay behind, though. I mean, no one would ever suspect him, and he definitely seems like the sort of guy who is underestimated. I can’t wait to read the next book to see how things turn out for him.
I’m not sure how I feel about Dara. I did feel for him, and it sounds like things weren’t easy for him. I do get why he acted the way he did, and I did like him a little more by the end of the book than I did when we first met him.
I don’t have anything else to say about The Fever King. The world is pretty interesting, and I’d love to see more of it. I really liked how magic was used in this book and I feel like there’s more to it than what we see. Especially with how everything came about. I’d love more backstory on that, but I don’t have a lot of hope we’ll see it. Either way, I hope we get at least a little more with the magic.
4 stars. I really liked The Fever King, but I didn’t love it.