Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk

December 2, 2014     Danielle Romero     4stars, reviews

Review: House Immortal by Devon MonkHouse Immortal by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal #1
Also in this series: Crucible Zero
Also by this author: Infinity Bell, Crucible Zero
Published by Penguin on 2014-09-02
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Urban
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized.... Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all. Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death—and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.... FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

my thoughtsI picked up this book because I read a fabulous review over at Rabid Reads! After Jessica’s review I knew I wanted to jump into this unique world.

I liked this book from the start. It was pretty easy to get into and I knew I needed to know more. I would say that throughout this book the entire theme for me was that I NEEDED to know more. I kept turning those pages because I wanted to learn about the houses and what resources they controlled and all about the immortal beings themselves. The world building in this book is fantastic and I would even recommend this one for YA readers because the world felt similar in certain ways to a mix between The Hunger Games and Divergent. It just had a strong dystopian like world. At every turn you are left wondering what each house will do next. You see the houses control the world, they each have one resource that they are the leaders of. For example house Black is defense, White is medical, Red is power and so forth. I loved this idea and I love how each house is ruled by one bloodthirsty leader. I enjoyed the politics in this book and in that way it reminded me of Hunger Games and the struggles of the people under the rule of leaders of different districts.

While the world building was what really excelled in this book I did feel it fell a little short for me on character development. I just can’t help but be a character driven reader and when the characters do not get a lot of screen time it upsets me. So while I did like the glimpses I saw of Tilly and Abraham I needed to see more of them, learn more about their character. Especially Abraham and all of the other immortal beings. They all had this history and this past to them that could be deep and dark and I just wanted to dive into their past and see who they all really were.

This book definitely leaves you wanting more as you turn that last page. I know I will be dying for March 2015 to come around so I can see even more of the world and characters that Monk created here.

4 coffee cups

about the authorDevon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series. Her collection of short stories, A CUP OF NORMAL is a finalist for the Mythopoeic and Endeavour Awards. When not writing, Devon drinks coffee and knits strange things.