Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Library
Wanted by no one.Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
It took me quite a while to actually get into this book, because I had a hard time what was going on as the book alternate between first person and third person views. AND THEN I realized that it was the view of the exact same person, namely Nathan, the main character. Can you IMAGINE how utterly confused I was? I honestly thought they were different people, oh my God.
In addition to that, the story actually jumped back and forth, without any indication that it was jumping, so I had to figure it out myself by looking at who was at the scene in that particular chapter. However, I do have to admit that the book pretty much became interesting and painful to read after a while.
The reason as to why it was interesting was due to the fact that even though the whole book was about witches, half of the time, Nathan would act like a normal boy. The only indication that he was a witch, was whenever the annoying Council would make up another ridiculous rule about Half-Code, and I’ll be painfully thrust back into the world of judgmental witches.
And this leads me to the painful part. I mean, witches are even more judgmental than normal humans, honestly. I couldn’t count how many times Nathan had so many things against him for just being a Half-Code. I mean, it’s not like he had a choice in whether he’s a Half-Code or not, SERIOUSLY. IDIOTS.
But other than the annoying way it was told in, I actually quite like this book, and I would not mind giving this series another chance. So yes, I will definitely be continuing on with this series. Here’s to hoping it gets better.