It was difficult for me to get through the first few chapters of The Becoming. The attack on Anna in the very beginning was uncomfortable for me to read, because it's a rape scene. In the hospital, when she begins to have flashes of remembering what happened and when she's told that she was sexually assaulted, she's very nonchalant about it, and starts to believe she was actually a very willing partner once it got started. I kept reading, though, and I understand why she felt this way - I also sincerely doubt the author is trying to play down the seriousness of rape - but that didn't make the first few chapters any less uncomfortable for me. Then, when Avery explains to Anna about feeding, it turns out that Stein's vampires apparently prefer to feed on humans while having sex. And it's apparently impossible for a vampire to have bad or even mediocre sex. So, after this first part of the book, I thought the whole series was just going to be vampire smut.
Which is why I'm glad I kept reading. The sex became less a main feature after that, and we got more into learning about the physical changes Anna is going through as she transitions from mortal to undead (it's a biological process! Doesn't all happen instantly here.). The action also starts to really pick up more, and it got really interesting to me. I like Anna, but there were SEVERAL times where I'd guessed where things were going (parts of it are a little predictable) and wanted to take her by the shoulders, shake her, and yell "REALLY?!?!??" I mean, I know she's new to the whole vampire thing, but she is a little slow to pick up on some things, for a bounty hunter. Aren't they supposed to be pretty street-smart? I can understand why she may not have wanted to allow herself to jump to certain conclusions, but come on.
All in all, I know most of what I have said seems negative, but once the book got past the rape and the smut, it really started to pick up and I didn't want to put it down - I was very interested to know what was going to happen next, who was behind certain things, when she was going to realize who she could or couldn't trust - and I'm definitely going to pick up the next in the series! If the rest of them continue the way The Becoming left off, they should be full of action, which is what I expected from a series about a bounty hunter-turned-vampire.
Series Info: What came before this book? What's next?
Anna Strong Chronicles
* The Becoming (Book 1)
- Blood Drive (Book 2)
- The Watcher (Book 3)
See what others are saying about it, or buy it now:
Better World Books