The Lost Thorn by Joshua P. Aguayo (Review)

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*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.5 Stars

Summary: Quito, Ecuador, 2132 A.D.:

Drugs, an attitude, and an impassioned relationship with her best female friend are the only things Samantha Thorn has left. Forced to keep a facade of normality by the very mega-corporation that executed her father for delving into the arcane, and on the brink of mercy suicide, Sam will embark on an ordeal set against dystopic hispanic locales to rescue the only family she has left, with little regard for the corporate thugs and street gang politics that will stand in her way.

A tantalizing adventure, The Lost Thorn takes on the traditional pillars of cyberpunk and shatters them with a fresh gush of inspired and playful narrative. Fast-paced and grim, this book and its characters scramble the contrasts of the modern world, a testament to the crumbling norms of a society where both body and mind have become mere tools for absolute markets.

My thoughts: The Lost Thorn is a very fast paced and uniquely written story because it combines the elements of cyberpunk and magic together in a way I have never read before. It follows a girl named Samantha who has a best friend whom she has strong feelings for and will do anything to protect. They work together as two strong-willed females to try and save Samantha’s only family member who is trapped and protected by high security that Sam must do everything to break through.

I enjoyed this quick novel that could be read in one sitting during a nice weekend. It’s written at a pace that isn’t slow moving at all. There is always action around the corner whether it be Sam dealing with her addiction to a drug called Obsidian, her trying to win over her best friend’s heart, or her trying her hardest to save her last family member. There hardly is a dull moment to be found in this book. One thing that really hooked me was the setting, which is something that hardly ever affects my judgement of a book. But I have never read a book set in South America, so getting to read about a Latina girl in a cyberpunk society was one of the coolest things ever. 

Sam was spunky, hilarious, sarcastic, and brave throughout the entire novel. She learns a lot from her best friend who was the complete opposite which really helped show how they worked together in situations and how they clashed as well. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns, especially once the magic element is introduced later in the novel. The only thing I wished was touched upon more was the magic and how it worked in the society. I personally felt as though it could have been fleshed out more and could have helped grip readers more into the story, but overall, this was a good read.

Book Info: Goodreads | Amazon

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