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Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite
Tlana has done everything she can to fit in with the Ikayotli, a totalitarian society that rejects and discriminates against her people, the Paghahan. Tlana has changed her name, become a promising student, and ignored insulting remarks from her peers. Her devotion to Yaua, the mother of all gods, has separated her from her family and blinded her to reality. But when Tlana is chosen to be the akmo amakayak, a sacrifice to Yaua to spare the Ikayotli from death and destruction for another year, she runs out of fear. Her escape is not long-lived because she is captured and accepts her fate. Tlana suddenly survives the ordeal because an unlikely ally saves her, and she discovers that everything she believes is a lie. Join Tlana as she discovers her destiny in The Ein Particle by Koen Martens.
Reading The Ein Particle was a wild ride because the story is fast-paced, and the characters are well-defined and have great development arcs. Tlana experiences betrayal, friendship, love, heartbreak, and losing loved ones, and through all this, her head feels like a ticking time bomb. Her experiences transform her from a timid and conservative person to a determined warrior ready to overthrow a powerful, corrupt government. Her struggle to accept her new life and longing for her past was well written. Tlana could not return to the people that fed her lies and could not fit in with the rebellious and free-spirited lifestyle she had found herself in. I loved that she saw through all the lies and found the truth. The story is not yet over because the end is jaw-dropping. I loved reading this book and cannot wait to read more from The Ein series and Koen Martens. Great story.