2 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of Commodity in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Hannah Savinski’s world was turned upside down when she dug into a discrepancy at work, and now her life is in danger. Falk Eckhart becomes her bodyguard, and he takes his job seriously. So when the world is attacked and he and Hannah are among the few survivors, Falk continues to protect her. But now the threats are different, and the two have to navigate this new world together. With so few women left, Hannah is a prized possession, and Falk will have to fight to save her.
Ms. Savage has created an interesting dystopia in Commodity. The story begins like a typical romance where we find out about the life of Hannah, and she meets her new bodyguard Falk. Disaster doesn’t strike until after they meet, and Falk vows to continue to protect her even though he’s no longer being paid for the job. He has a keen sense for when something isn’t right thanks to his years of military training.
I liked Falk and the buildup of the relationship between him and Hannah. It was paced nicely, on par with Hannah’s background and the new world they lived in. Falk was a typical alpha male, but even when he was barking orders there was an attractive quality about him.
I am typically a big fan of Ms. Savage’s work, but this book just didn’t hit home for me. It was told in first person point of view in two parts: the first part by Hannah and the second part by Falk. Unfortunately, this gave the book a very segmented feel. Because we don’t hear from Hannah again, there was no resolution provided for the background we were given in the first part of the book. Falk’s problems were barely hinted at in the first section, but they then became the focus of the second section. The resolution of the book was from Falk’s perspective, so there was no wrap-up of Hannah’s issues. It felt like the book would have been better served if it was written from only one perspective and focused on one character’s problems.
As much as I liked Hannah and Falk together, many times I rolled my eyes at Hannah’s clichéd actions. Every time she disregarded Falk’s directions, she ended up getting herself into trouble.
The book had a muddled feel to it as well. There were a large number of editing errors—things like quotation marks at the end of a paragraph when dialogue continued in the next paragraph, missing commas, missing punctuation, incorrect words—as well as quite a few discrepancies that drew me out of the story. For example, in one part Falk took off Hannah’s shoes, but she later asked what happened to them and he said they fell off. In another part, Hannah said the bag over her head had been taken off for a specific purpose, and shortly after she says she got the bag off her head while she was doing something else. All these issues combined gave the story a disorganized feel, as if it had been thrown together and not given the proper attention.
Unfortunately, this story wasn’t up to par with Ms. Savage’s other books.