THE LOWER POWER
MICHELE W. MILLER
WHEN EVIL PULLS YOU BACK TO THE HELL YOU THOUGHT YOU'D ESCAPED.
As New York City’s crack epidemic rages, Raven has overcome her addiction and will soon begin law school. But night terrors begin to haunt her and her friends. Many of them return to drug use, disappear, or commit bizarre acts of violence. A mysterious new drug epidemic grips the city, while police corruption, a U.S. attorney campaigning for mayor, and riots hamstring the city’s defense.
Raven and her friends—along with a journalist trying to help a teenage prostitute—must stand up to the sadistic man behind the chaos or lose all they’ve gained. Yet, as recovering addicts, they are the most vulnerable to his inexplicably attractive powers.
I requested The Lower Power as I loved how gritty the blurb sounded – a sci-fi style epic set in New York City and centring around the drug epidemic.
Although I seem to be in the minority with my review, I really couldn’t get into The Lower Power and found myself struggling to keep engaged with it. I even put it down completely to pick up a different book at one point. I persisted but I’m not really sure it was worth getting to the end. Part of my problem with this book was the vast amount of points of view that we switched between for chapters. Some characters only had one chapter and it just made the book confusing. It was hard to remember who was who, and it also stopped you from properly engaging with the main characters and the people who were most important to the plot.
The story was interesting and I felt that it had a lot to say about how we treat addicts as a society, but it also felt like it dragged a lot in places. The plot is quite simplistic if you list it out and I felt like there was too much filler and a lot of it felt repetitive. I didn’t really feel like the ending actually addressed anything and it wrapped up a little too easily with no real explanation. The cliff-hanger ending felt cliched and disappointing.
Overall, The Lower Power was not for me, with an unnecessary amount of narrators and a simplistic plot. Thank you to NetGalley & Victory Editing for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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