Malice Review! | my first book club read!!

Hi friends! I’m really excited, because I FINALLY got to participate in a book club pick from Dragons and Tea Book Club. I do want to list warnings beforehand because this does include graphic depictions of a virus, which I know can be sensitive especially in today’s time.

TW/CW: Graphic descriptions of a virus, death, bullying, mentions of child death

What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved… 

I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected! I’m not the biggest fan of sci-fi, but this one was really good. And it was on audio too. My weakness.

I really liked Alice’s character. She’s stubborn, idealistic, and loving. She had a fresh, unique perspective. I also adored the fact that she had a foodie Instagram account! And Archie! The entire time, I just wanted to hug him. As for Bandit, I was lowkey torn on him the whole time. I liked him okay, but I never got that ZAP of, “okay, I love you more than life and shall now add you to the list of all-time favorite characters*”.

*to be fair, that IS a hard list to get into…very exclusive. bandit did not make kaz brekker or jem carstairs level okay.

I thought the whole concept of time travel and the future was interesting! Time travel is hard to do because it’s so easy to mess up. However, I think Dunn did an incredible job of wrapping up most of the plotlines AND explaining time travel succinctly. I would have liked a little more closure on some aspects though.

I adored the representation! Zeke is African-American, and Bandit is Thai-American I believe. Pruella (i’m sory if i’m spelling her name wrong, i didn’t read it physically) is a lesbian. Also, Alice’s best friend Lalana (again, sorry about the spelling!) is Thai-American I think.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few moving moments scattered throughout. Alice and Archie’s sibling relationship, plus a few moments that took place in the future, really struck me. The plot may not have been the most shocking, twisty story ever told but it definitely kept me hooked and emotionally invested. And sometimes, that’s all you can ask for.

I wasn’t a big fan of the romance. I didn’t dislike it or anything, I was just kinda meh. I’ve learned that YA standalones tend to have romances in them. Sadly, that usually ends up being insta-lovey. This wasn’ insta-lovey, exactly, but by the second chapter the reader has a pretty clear idea of who the love interest is. And honestly, I wasn’t feeling it.

Plot-wise, there wasn’t anything hugely shocking that happened. And while I liked the characters, they weren’t the most memorable ever. It was average in a lot of ways. So basically what I’m trying to say is I have nothing else to say because I’m too dang neutral.

So that’s it! This is one of those books to go into without a ton of knowledge or expectations. This is definitely a decent read if you’re like me and not quite initiated into sci-fi yet. You can add this to Goodreads here! Tell me: do you have a favorite book with time travel?

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