Neglected Merge

Fiction - Fantasy - General
298 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2021
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Author Biography

Eve Koguce lives in two beautiful cities on the coast of the Baltic Sea – Riga, with its narrow, cobbled streets of medieval Old Town and splendidly detailed art-nouveau architecture, and Jurmala, with its endless sandy beach embraced by pine forest.

Eve’s home country Latvia is ranked the second greenest country in Europe, outrun only by neighbouring Sweden, and Eve believes that creativity of the locals is a direct result of love and respect for nature they have had for centuries.

Eve’s debut novel, NEGLECTED MERGE, is, at the same time, a tale and a story, in which an allegory mixes with reality, allowing every reader to see its characters and plotlines from different perspectives.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Neglected Merge is a work of fiction in the fantasy and science fiction, post-apocalyptic and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Eve Koguce. The work is intended for an adult reading audience due to its high concept content. Our protagonist is Tauria, a thirty-two-year-old woman living in a utopian-style world designed for people to cope after a near apocalypse. She lives in a world where happiness is guaranteed every minute of the day but is that really enough? When Tauria meets Doron, she isn’t so sure anymore, and it transpires that there may be another world waiting out there, right alongside her own.

Author Eve Koguce has crafted an interesting and well thought out work of fiction with plenty of emotion, romance, drama, and conceptual thinking to offer readers. One of the most essential features of this work was the talent the author displays in worldbuilding, through such details as the lore and culture of the new world of happiness. It was a striking new concept to see a post-apocalyptic novel painted in such bright tones, and then of course all the more satisfying when the cracks begin to show in the excellent plotline. The romance element will certainly please readers who enjoy fated lovers from far opposite corners of the world (or in this case, worlds). The dialogue was also very effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. Overall, I would highly recommend Neglected Merge to fans of utopia/dystopia settings, futuristic romances, and for space opera fans everywhere.