Hatred Day

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
356 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2016
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Author Biography

T.S. Pettibone are the authors of The Hatred Day Series. Hatred Day, book one, is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Expected publication for Verdict Day, book two, is 2017.

T.S. Pettibone is the pen name of identical twins, Brittany and Nicole Pettibone. They were born in California, grew up in Kansas, and these days, live and write in California. On the rare occasion that they break from writing, they enjoy taking their dog on night walks, reading books by long deceased authors, drinking too much coffee and tea, traveling the world, making friends out of strangers and trying new things.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone is a compelling read that revolves around 18-year-old Snofrid Yagami who is an alien trying to co-exist with humans. Set in the future, the story shows a society which is full of savagery and where magic has found its way into Earth. Snofrid has lost her memory and she is hated by her own Inborn clan. But she has help from her brother as she is trying to figure out who likes her and who hates her. The Inborns are hated and hunted by humans, and Snofrid now wants a way out and to be free. She makes a deal with Commander Hadrian and his ruthless set of soldiers. Hadrian is manipulative and has a lot of enemies. Will Snofrid be able to achieve what she is looking for?

The story has many dimensions to it and is laced with magical powers, aliens, humans, and many other elements that reveal a futuristic society, and that makes it an engaging read. All the characters are authentic and unique, and the fluidity in the writing style gives the book a good pace and movement. The author blends science fiction and fantasy together effortlessly, making readers wait in anticipation for the next volume. The book has all the ingredients that will hold the attention of readers till the very end. Snofrid's character is well sketched and all the scenes in the book are vivid, as well as the plot, the characters, the background, and the villains. The plot is fascinating and thrilling, and will keep readers hooked till the very end.

Lit Amri

Hatred Day (Hatred Day Series, Book 1) by T.S. Pettibone takes place in the brutal future of 2052, where earth’s environmental and biological framework is greatly disturbed by the arrival of the Inborns, who look almost similar to humans but with special abilities and higher intelligence. The story centers on 18-year-old Inborn Snofrid Yagami, who’s saved from the slave auction at the Gehenna slum just outside of Hollowstone City, Oregon. Unfortunately, Snofrid lost some of her important memories which will determine if she and her family can survive what’s to come as her home city becomes the center of an inter species war.

The Pettibone sisters are without doubt skilled writers. The premise and the mythos of the Inborns are original. However, it took me a while to familiarize myself with the world building and the direction of the plot. That said, the world building and the storyline are well-developed and gritty. If you’re familiar (or a big fan of Game of Thrones) expect some surprising GOT style twists. There’s no easy way in every conflict in Hatred Day; instead the Pettibones let the characters power through them with their wit, strength and some sacrifices.

There are quite a number of characters but the story doesn’t suffer from too many of them. In fact, all of them feel significant and each has a distinctive persona. The protagonists also have interesting dynamics between them. The surroundings are deftly detailed and this helps breathe vivid imagery into each scene. This is an engrossing read and I look forward to the next installment.

Lisa McCombs

The year is 2052 and Earth as we know it is no more. Humans are at war with the Inborns who have migrated to the planet. When Desya learns that his sister Snofrid is set to be auctioned as a slave in the Gehenna Slums, he and faithful companion Neko break all the rules of Inborns and Humans to free her from a certain existence of torturous endurance. Snofrid is valuable, both as a sister and as a healer. As with all Inborns, Snofrid possesses an explicable power that marks her as an important asset to any population. Snofrid is capable of healing herself to full recovery upon physical attack. But it’s not the physical that afflicts Snofrid. Snofrid has lost her memories and is fighting to regain knowledge of the images that haunt her. Who can she trust? Was Atlas Bancroft the man who held her heart? If so, why did Neko treat her as if she were his lost beloved? What was up with Lycidius? Far too many questions for Sno to filter while trying to do her part in keeping her little family safe and, to top it off, it just happened to be Hatred Day.

T.S. Pettibone is responsible for setting the stage for the next novel serial rage in Hatred Day. Described as identical twin sisters with un-identical personalities, the California native writing team brings to the page a world set in the not-so-distant future. For readers with any background in the science fiction genre, Hatred Day emulates the perfect landscape for a delicious series. Descriptions are vivid and dialogue weaves smoothly from page one to the conclusion of this page-turning tale. I loved the vivid imagery and name choices. Snofrid is a great name!

Stephen Fisher

Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone is a fast paced science fiction adventure set in the not so distant future with elements of fantasy thrown in for extra measure. The story begins with Snofrid being sold on the slave market in the slum city of Gehennon. Intrigue builds when a monstrous bidding war escalates for her. When she is sold, there is good news and bad news. The good news is she is purchased by her family. The bad news is that Snofrid can’t remember them. She has retained her scholastic knowledge, but has no memories of her loved ones. Snofrid is an inborn half breed with the power to heal herself. Inborns are low class citizens whose forefathers migrated to Earth from another planet, and half breeds are deemed abominations. She struggles with having to run from people that she can’t remember but feels she knows them. The past that she can’t remember has found ways to manipulate her into performing errands that could easily get her killed. That is until her Shadow, Lycidius, puts her in a mania mirror for three days where she gets to relive her childhood memories, and now is able to embrace her brother Desla (Dez), and her beloved Lycidius, who is honor bound to protect her.

T.S. Pettibone does a magnificent job of moving this story along at a fast pace. War is coming between humans and inborns. Half breeds are being hunted down. The authors are able to describe in vivid detail things that affect our five senses with a writing style that uses more of an old school approach, one that is both colorful and fresh. The plot uncovers many family secrets, twists, turns, and surprises while the pages just fall away. The Pettibones are able to artistically deliver the heart breaking emotions of the romantic forbidden fruit that tugs on the heartstrings of our heroes, and of course the readers. Hatred Day has everything you could ask for in a book … and is daringly daring.

Brit Rossie

Hatred Day by the Pettibone twins, who write under the name T.S. Pettibone, throws you immediately into the action of brutal world strife with racial and political agendas. Snofrid Yagami, also known as Sno, is an inborn and she must stay undercover as she navigates this racially tense world, but it is increasingly harder and harder since certain memories of hers were stolen and she doesn't know who she knew or who to trust. As the racial tension builds, Snofrid must trust her instincts and make deals with people who may have ulterior motives. It's a tangled and bloody web of relationships and power, and Snofrid finds herself constantly outwitted and ultimately in the center of it - being used as bait.

I'm a fast reader, but I must tell you, this book has layers and complex subplots that forced me to go slowly and appreciate everything these authors did. There are a lot of details and so reading too fast can cause confusion and make you turn back a couple pages to catch up. I really loved the diversity of characters. It's refreshing to see people of color as key characters. There is even an eye that is personified. Incredibly creative characterization. The world is creepy and gritty. The violence is pretty intense. This isn't your typical dystopian time waster with a petite, overly brassy heroine. If the rest of the series continues this way, and the authors continue to hone their writing skills, this series could easily become a sci-fi/fantasy classic. I'm looking forward to Verdict Day!