Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Review: Intermix Nation by M.P. Attardo

Intermix Nation
Author: M.P. Attardo
Published: 03/05/2013
Device: eARC
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:

Intermix: to mix together, blend

North America, paragon of diversity, is gone. From its ashes, a new nation has arisen – Renatus – where the government segregates the surviving population into races, forbidding interracial marriage, mating, and love.

Eighteen-year-old Nazirah Nation is a pariah, an intermix, born of people from different races. When her parents are murdered in the name of justice, Nazirah grudgingly joins the growing rebellion fighting against the despotic government.

Overwhelmed with grief, consumed by guilt, Nazirah craves vengeance as a substitute for absolution. But on her journey to find the girl she once was, Nazirah must learn the hard way that nothing … no one … is purely black or white. Like her, every human is intermix, shades and hues of complex emotions.

And those who can take everything away are also the ones who can give everything back.

My Review

Meet Nazirah Nation

Four months ago, Nazirah found her parents murdered. Since then, she lives her life in a state of numbness. She is truly lost. Pure hatred is what she feels toward the murderer. 

The only thing she wants is to escape this cruel reality and avenge her parents.
She dreams of a better tomorrow where she can FEEL alive again.

Meet Adamek Morganen

Adamek prays for only one thing: Forgiveness. He has killed many people. He requests Amnesty and allies with the Rebels. 

The information and strategy that he brings is valuable to them. By receiving Amnesty, he allows himself to accomplish a personal vendetta.

After the death of her parents, Nazirah joins the Rebels for the upcoming war. They welcome her with open arms, they feed her, shelter her, and now she is training to fight for her rights. With the Rebels she feels safe. Her world is shattered the day that her brother, which is also the commander, asks her
to go on a special mission. Her mission? To become the new face of the Rebellion with the help of her parents murderer. 

While on their journey, she discovers many hidden secrets. On his side, Adamek will do everything in his power to get her to fight for what she wants. They both can't stand each other, but then again, they will set a pattern, which will bring people to join them in their battle.

From one city to another, decisions are taken, lifes are lost, friendships are tested, but most importantly, a nation rises for what they believe in.

Quotes that I loved


''You talk about love and power like they're the same thing''
''Aren't they? he asks. ''Isn't love just the highest expression of power? The power over someone's heart, over someone's soul?''
''No'' Nazirah argues, annoyed, suddendly reminded to whom she's speaking.''In fact they're opposites. To have power over someone is to use them for selfish purposes, for personal gain. To love someone is to sacrifice for them, to be selfless, to give up all power. They're completely different.'' 

''I know my place!'' Nazirah fires back, pointing at the entrance.''It's out there, with the rest of the world, as an equal! It's you who must learn!''


''Don't ask a question, if you don't want to know the answer''

''There are these unexpected moments about you,'' he says slowly, ''These bright, irreverent moments that I can't quite explain. Right now ... when you were on the swings ... jumping off those cliffs ....''He looks at his hands. ''That's the real reason I wanted to replay that memory. You have these moments of complete innocence I am completely drawn to.''

My Rating

I give Intermix Nation 4 Intense, captivating, I-can't-believe-it's-a-debut-novel stars! I have to be honest, this is my first Dystopian read. I was not sure what to expect. I was very surprised of how well this story was written. The Characters, places, emotions, events are very well explained. It made me believe in this world.

I did find the first couple of chapters overwhelming. There was a lot of information, which set a slow pace at the beginning of the story. I had a hard time connecting with the story in the beginning, but I found myself turning the pages much quicker after a couple of chapters.

This story is unique and the author did a fantastic job in making us understand the meaning of FORGIVENESS. The love and hate relationship between the main characters was very well developed. They had to go through different kinds of emotions to end up where they did.

I'm extremely happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone by reading Intermix Nation. It sure makes me want to read more books in this genre. I really hope that the author has future plans for these amazing characters.

About the Author:

I'm Mary, a twenty-something, part-time writer, full-time daydreamer. I have a college degree ... still trying to figure out what on earth to do with it (insert token millennial joke here - I see you Lena Dunham, and I like what I see). I love amateur baseball commentating, heckling, and overindulging. Oh, and putting the strange, gritty thoughts that roam my brain into words.

Purchase At:

Amazon | B & N | Smashwords

*** Giveaway ***

The author is giving away 1 ecopy of Intermix Nation
 (Open Internationally)


  1. What an interesting story! And not a bit out the realm of possibility. I love that forgiveness is major theme of the story. Great review, Mikki!

    1. Thanks, Andrea!

      I'm really happy it was my first Dystopian read :)

  2. ooooh... this is the first I've come across this book/author and it's definitely caught my attention! Thanks for sharing!


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