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!

Jacqueline Garcia

As you lift the front cover of Hatred Day you are thrust, directly in to action. A brotherhood searching for a lost member. There is a heart wrenching need to complete the family unit and return everyone to safety. Yet once you have reclaimed your people, the real journey begins.

We meet our main character lost in her own life having to rediscover who she is, not just in the world, but within her family and most startling with in her own mind. She knows the rules of society, but she doesn’t know how her life experiences have colored that world. As she recovers from her trauma we discover the shades of grey they lived by. Who she was before, but can she go back to being that person? Will she be forced to change and harden against the world and her own ideals of right and wrong? Can she survive the obstacles put in front of her? Can she reclaim her life and freedom in a way that truly brings her peace?

Hatred Day introduces you to a world of political, social and racial agendas, while wrapping your heart strings around the souls trying to survive in the harshest of realities. A journey well worth the rabbit hole it drops you into.

Staci T.

This is one of those epic sci-fi/fantasy novels that you just know will take off and end up like Harry Potter, Twilight, or Hunger Games. The world-building feels effortless and comprehensive, like Lord of the Rings. The pace is feverish, like a Dan Brown novel. The characters are complex and authentic, like Ender's Game. I can't wait to read Book Two in this exciting series by the talented Pettibone sisters.

Fiona Leung

** spoiler alert ** (I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

Hatred Day is set in the future where earth is inhabited by humans and an alien race called the Inborns.

My MC is Snofrid who went missing and lost a chunk of her memory and found herself being auctioned off to be a slave. Her brother Desya and friend Neko ensured they made the winning bid to save her. They had to fight off an Inborn Commander for the winning bid and it was interesting to note why an Inborn Commander was interested in her... we will find out why later on in the story.

Snofrid didn't recognise Desya or Neko. They showed her pictures of their past and told her stories to try and help her but to no avail. They brought her back to a house owned by Lycidius who isn't their "friend" but just someone they "live with"...

There's been tension between humans and the Inborns and under some unfortunate circumstances, Neko was killed. Neko has acquired a Mania Mirror shortly before he was killed and Lycidius retrieved it for Snofrid so that she can try and get her memories back. Mania Mirror works by reflecting a person's memories back to them.

Snofrid managed to retrieve most of her memories except for the past two years. She found out who Lycidius was and that they were very close. However they made a decision not to be together...

Throughout the story, Snofrid was entangled in several things - the Inborn Commander wanting to use her to help his own mission, Lucian (a warlord from the slums she used to live in with Desya and Lycidius) chasing her in a cat and mouse game, and Atlas her ex-boyfriend who's a human with heavy links in politics.

There were many things going on, a lot of complex characters and mostly a lot of glossary that were not always explained.

Overall, an action-packed story with a lot of potential. It would really help though whenever a term is first used that the author should explain it first. The next book in the series Verdict Day is set to be out in 2017 and I look forward to that!

Mel

This book was an absolute joy to read and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out! TS Pettibone masterfully developed the plot, characters, background, and villains in such a way that you could not put the book down. It was also quite refreshing to read as there really is no other book like it - definitely an original story/world. Hatred Day takes you on many delightful twists and turns that keep you guessing. I highly recommend this series!

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After Snofrid is brought back home she has to wade her way through life protecting her secret blood-status in the midst of a human society while simultaneously having to surreptitiously mine for information about her past. Her mind wipe is where Snofrid’s story and the reader’s journey begin. Together we witness her present, stiffen at her future, and gasp at her past.

The characters are interesting, not 2-dimentional, and constantly evolving with every obstacle and discovery thrown their way. The Inborns have special powers such as the ability to heal, heightened senses, great intellect, elemental control, and more. This broadens the genre of this science-fiction story giving it a bit of a paranormal/fantasy flair that I enjoyed.

But okay, if I’m to be totally honest then I must admit that while this book is definitely good it didn’t manage to sink its claws into me. On the downside I had no problem putting it down and switching to Netflix, but on the upside every time I returned to this book I was instantly back inside the story.

Filled with aliens, gas masks, love, secrets, and high stakes, Snofrid’s escapade is definitely one many will be eager to join. HATRED DAY is a fast-paced rush for freedom through the sludge of a future war-torn Earth. Humans vs. Inborns: Who do you fight for?

JN Campbell

"Hatred Day" is packed with action and twists which will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering how it will all end! This brilliantly plotted new novel is recommended for anyone who likes fantasy adventure books and can handle some brutal violence. Looking forward to 2017 and the release of "Verdict Day!"

Clay H.

Lots of action. Unique premise. Original mythos.

Hatred Day is a story about a girl named Snofrid, a member of an alien race trying to coexist with humans, set in a world that has been distorted and evolved by their arrival. It's set in the future, inhabited by a society that has degenerated to savagery. Magic has found its way onto Earth, and technology has advanced by half a century to when the story takes place, in the year 2052.

I was in the middle of reading a book by Raymond Chandler when I started this story. Page one of Hatred Day forced me to set The Big Sleep down. Let me say, it's quite the visceral read.

Some of the acts committed by humans reminded me of the brutality I read in Game of Thrones, and much of the mythos is as original as Murakami's (though the atmosphere in the story is about as similar as night and day). What really hooked me was the strength in the writing -- it's chock full of action that refuses to let you go. There was so much going on even from page one, that I had a momentary bout of confusion as I tried to adjust to the pacing. But once I settled in for the ride, it was fun all the way to the end.

My only gripe with the story was Snofrid's memory loss. It just seemed odd that she could function so normally and maintain so much of her personality when she conveniently forgot the pieces of her memory that were so important. It came off as more of a trope than a natural premise of the story, but as I said in regards to the beginning, all it takes is a bit of adjustment.

The writing's strong, the story is fast-paced, and you get to see a futuristic Earth full of magic. Snofrid's race is oppressed and hunted by humans, which makes you want to root for the underdog. It's a vivid world, and T.S. Pettibone doesn't leave much to the imagination when it comes to blood and guts. If you're looking for a book with any of the above, then you've found it here.

jarmila kurucova

I knew this book would give me nightmares. It delivered. Deliciously creepy, filled with intense magical elements, Hatred Day is a page turner.

S. Bhabla

The T.S Pettibone have written a heartfelt story with great characters and a perfect plot.
The story world is amazing and interesting.
The characters are very well developed and loveable.
These 2 sisters used an amazing story structure that paid well off!

Racheal

First off I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley. This in no way affects my view of the book whatsoever and I will give it a fair rating based on my experience reading.

I expected something so much different than what I got with this book. Initially, I expected a purge-like knockoff that I figured would kill time. Instead I received this wonderful dystopian-esque world that was brimming with all the dirty nitty-gritty that one would expect from such a book. There was heartache. There was danger. There were criminals abound and a tyrant like government. War? Check! Poverty? For sure! Could it have used some work or fleshing out? Sure. Could it have spent another round through editing? Sure. Did any of that detract from the story at all? Nah.

I will admit that the plot was shaky at points and while the message was understood it wasn't always delivered the strongest. The characters probably could have been fleshed out a bit more and been a little less cliché. However, I had such a great time reading this novel that none of that matters. In fact, the only thing that I can say I absolutely hated about this book was the main characters name: Snofrid. Seriously. Snofrid? I changed it to Astrid in my mind. Sorry guys, but I just couldn't handle that name.

Anyways, if you're a fan of dystopian novels this is a good read. It probably deserves more of a 4 than a 5 star rating, but I am bumping it up because I adored it and that's really all that matters to me.

Caitlin

Hatred Day is the first book in a new series that focuses on the life and experiences of a young women named Snofrid. It's set in the future and I found it to be a perfect mix of Sci-fi and Fantasy because there is a war going on between humans and aliens(who look like humans but are born with different gifts/powers that resemble magic). It had everything that I like in a good book including romance, action, adventure, suspense and plenty of danger. The writers made me feel like I know the characters personally and I can't wait to see what happens in the next one.I was completely captivated the whole time I was reading it and couldn't put it down! Its a great book for all ages and I highly recommend you read it!

Andy

Hatred Day is a breath of fresh air in the sci-fi/fantasy book market that seems to have become saturated with predictable and frankly boring tropes. The classic "young protagonist of unknown origins goes on a quest to save the world" seems to have been replaced with a somehow more popular alternative of a protagonist, often a young girl, who leads angsty teens in a rebellion against the evil adults/corporation/society, all set in some dystopian future (I'm looking at you, Hunger Games and Divergent). Now, a young female protagonist in a rebellion could make a fantastic plot, but awkward love triangles and watered-down violence do not an engaging story make.

Hatred Day takes these tropes and puts a refreshingly original spin on them. Teenage female protagonist, dystopian future, civil unrest; all are present, but in a way I felt was more interesting. Snofrid, the main character, is an alien called an Inborn, who is suffering from amnesia. She lives in a futuristic version of Earth, set in 2052, where a clash between her alien kind and humans has led her to volunteer herself as part of a hunt that will ultimately determine the outcome of an impending war.

I saw Hatred Day as a thumbnail on Amazon and thought, "Oh, another romance nov...wait, what? Gas mask? Huh." Catchy cover - nice. So I read the synopsis. Then the first chapter. And wow, did it surprise me. This had an interesting, gritty setting with strong characters, creative world-building, and a realistic tone that really was much better than the popular YA books of today.

I have to talk about the writing firstly. T.S. Pettibone has (have?) built a believable world with excellent writing that flowed very well and never felt stale or dull. Everything was explained through dialogue and clever writing around the scenario being presented, making it hardly every seem expository. I never came across a scene that felt like a "let me take three pages and fill you in on backstory and history" type. It remained fresh and engaging.

The tone of this book was also great. It reminded me of the movie District 9, if the movie had been presented from the aliens' perspective. In this book and that movie, the aliens are not welcomed on Earth, and when they cause trouble, we humans are quick to react, and not very nicely. This book was raw and gritty, and was not afraid to delve into the grime of what a war-stricken future might be like.

I did have a few issues with this book. I felt that 4.5 out of 5 stars was a bit more accurate, but I didn't feel like my gripes were enough to take off a whole star. Firstly, because the story starts with our main character having amnesia, she is suddenly thrust into a world where she and the reader really have no knowledge of what is happening. For about the first half of the book, I felt the need to go back and review just to make sure I knew who was who and what their motives were. There are a lot of names, places, futuristic devices, types of Inborn, etc. to take in. About halfway through, in the chapter "A Girl and Her Ghost," it explains everything very well in a way that I won't spoil, but that does make the second half much clearer and easier to follow. It was not a sloppy narrative by any means. It's just that we are learning everything with Snofrid, which made it a tad confusing at times. Also, after reading the synopsis, I expected the majority of the book to involve a hunt in which Snofrid is being pursued by who knows what, with tension and suspense about whether or not she'll be found...yeah, it doesn't exactly play out like that. It's a minor issue, and didn't stop me from enjoying the story that was presented, but it just wasn't quite what I expected.

Overall, I found Hatred Day to be a fun and refreshing read. In a market stuffed with tween YA fluff, something like this is worth giving praise to. I'm usually a reader of dark and gritty fantasy (Joe Abercrombie is my personal favorite), but this stood out in a good way, and made a nice addition on my bookshelf right between The Heroes and Blood Song. Do yourself a favor and check this book out. Kudos to the Pettibones on a great debut novel, and I'm looking forward to buying the sequel!