Book Review: Cadain’s Watch by Daniella Bova

I must admit I approached this book with trepidation, for two reasons.

My first and most obvious thought was, “Hey, a dystopian novel set in the near-future U.S., told mostly from the points of view of several characters from the resistance movement? That sounds an awful lot likeĀ my own novel. How could I possibly enjoy it without constantly making comparisons, for better or worse?”

The second source of hesitation came from the presence of a Christian Angel as a character. I’ve seen some discussions as to the difficulty of writing real-world (rather than imaginary) religions, in particular Christianity, into fiction. After all, having an all-powerful God explicitly on the side of the heroes removes much of the suspense in the outcome, at least on the macro level. The story can still be great, mind you, but generally speaking it’s not what I prefer to read.

That said, I was somewhat familiar with Daniella Bova’s writings from a couple of her published short stories, so I decided to give her full-length novel a try.

As it turned out, in spite of superficial similarities of the premise, this novel is nothing like mine, and it’s a good thing. If nothing else, it answers the common complaint that nowadays we have too many dystopias, and they’re all alike.

Well, not this one.

A few things immediately stand out, before you even get to the supernatural element. The main characters are older, and they have families. It’s understandable why most dystopias focus on the young and the unattached. It’s hard to rebel against the government, no matter how oppressive, when you have family to feed, and when said government can come after your wife and kids if you step out of line. On the other hand, in reality, people will more readily fight and die for their loved ones than for an idea, and that’s the approach the story takes. Yes, there are some characters who join the resistance because it’s the right thing to do, but for the most part, it’s a timeless tale of hard men in hard times fighting to protect their wives and kids.

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About Marina

Marina Fontaine is a Russian by birth, an American by choice, and an unrepentant book addict.
Because of her background, she loves to discover and support pro-freedom literature. She runs Small Government Book Fan Club on Goodreads, Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance group on Facebook, and a personal commentary/review blog, Marina’s Musings.
Her works include Chasing Freedom (a Dragon Awards finalist) and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.
Marina lives in New Jersey with her very supportive husband, three children and four guinea pigs, working as an accountant by day and a writer by night. Her other interests include hard rock music, action movies and travel.