The Fourth Piece (Order’s Last Play #1) by E. Ardell #review @E_Ardell


Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

This is a hard book to review. The concept of it is interesting and was enough to make me WANT to continue to read. However, the execution was so slow and laborious that it felt like I was struggling through quicksand to get there.

There are 4 points of view, of which we mostly hear from 3 of the 4. They are all 1st person point of view. So in every chapter I found myself flipping back to the beginning of the chapter to remember WHO “I” was. Was it Lyle? Lawrence? Devon? Headache inducing. It kept kicking me out of the story. Plus none of the boys was particularly someone I would care to follow let alone get to know. They were cast as the image of how many people see teenage boys – as only wanting to get a girl in bed, to use them, and that’s about it. And Lawrence kept referring to himself as ‘gotta do something’. And while that was in reference to his need to keep moving and do something stupid, it quickly became annoying – who thinks of himself in 3rd person that often when they are in 1st person point of view?

Most of the chapters did not push the story forward. It’s a very slow read and tends to repeat itself often.

I have given the story 3 stars mainly due to concept which was intriguing. However, as I said, the execution was dismal and made it almost impossible to read. The ending leaves you in a cliffhanger for book 2.


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