The Betrayal of Ka by Shea R. Oliver #bookreviews

As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of 26543474him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy. – Goodreads.com

The Betrayal of Ka falls into the sci-fi genre and although Ka’s age isn’t specifically mentioned, he’s still in school at the beginning of the story, so I wondered if this was a YA sci-fi.  As the story progresses, because of some characters’ actions and subjects mentioned, I’m not comfortable labeling this YA, so I’m considering it adult sci-fi.

Ka is immediately likable, brash and mischievous one minute, then adorably insecure the next when talking to a girl he likes.  Unfortunately, Ka doesn’t make the smartest choices, landing him in the worst of circumstances and causing a lifetime of regret.  Through a generous benefactor made aware of his situation, he’s offered a chance at redemption and and must decide what kind of person he has become.

I would have liked to see this story focus more on Ka, but a substantial amount of time was spent on the backstories of minor characters that weren’t critical to the overall plot.  A few different storylines occur, seeming like entirely different books at times, and although a twist reveals a connection late in the novel, they never seemed to be one cohesive story.

This book contains some exciting ideas and concepts and hints at an interesting sequel, but would benefit from editing to correct word repetition, tense changes, and unnecessary content to become a more evenly paced, stronger novel.

I received a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review through Rosie’s Book Review Team.

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