One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice – live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.
Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter – an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.
Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight.
This was my most anticipated read in June 2020, so you know what that means! Yep, I hated it. I did think this was going to be a fantasy, not an urban fantasy so that did throw me off. Having these Seasons, living embodiments of elements, live in such a stark, technology heavy environment seemed like a jarring choice, but that’s not what killed the story for me.
The story throws you into the action, showing Jack’s death and then skipping to when Jack has been working as a season for some years. This made getting to grips with the quite complicated storyline confusing. The magic that Jack and the other seasons have is never fully explained, so Fleur surprised me with her abilities later.
It was quite difficult to wrap my head around the idea that Chronos and Gaia just randomly coexist (but none of the other… deities?) and have all these people who died and were brought back to life, working for them. And then Jack discovers that instead of brutally killing off the current season for er… some reason… they can just charge each other like batteries? If this is confusing, I was even more confused reading it.
If this was a character driven novel, I could have worked with it. But Jack and Fleur had no distinctive voice. When I learnt their backstory I felt no true emotion attached to it and I frequently thought one character was the other in this dual POV. There’s two other main characters too, the Summer and Autumn, who appear in most scenes but for some reason we don’t get their POV.
It’s a very slow story, over 400 pages long and a lot of it is Jack and co travelling around America, being followed by Chronos’s guards and other Seasons. This gets a bit repetitive, but also later shows just how selfish Jack is, when he straight up has a tempter tantrum because he has no interest in saving the other seasons, he just wants to hole up with Fleur. I was also pretty confused when two chapters off the end nothing major seemed to be happening, so the ending is rushed too.
I believe that there is going to be a sequel to this, but I felt that the story was wrapped up in this book and I have no interest in continuing it. Overall I found it to be senseless, poorly executed and with weak characters. It does have something that could be molded into a seriously cool (excuse the pun) story, but never got close.