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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
In the action-packed, fantasy world of Bewilderness, Kevin Cox brings us the first installment of a teenage girl who has just awakened in an unknown, endless desert. With no memory of who she is, where she came from, or how she got there, she's not sure whether or not to trust the whispers that attempt to guide her. In a moment of danger, she jumps into the water of an oasis, only to emerge in a completely different universe. She is given the name Ambrielle and taken in by the kind old Kavekkian who found her, much to the dismay of other locals who do not trust outsiders. Ambrielle soon finds herself in the middle of a dispute between the Kavekkians and their rivals, and she must find a way to help them reunite while she also searches for a way back home.
I love when genre lines are blurred, and Kevin Cox has managed to do just that. Bewilderness is a brilliant mixture of fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, and thriller, with just a hint of innocent romance thrown in for good measure. I imagine that teen readers across the board will enjoy Bewilderness, regardless of which genre is most preferred. Ambrielle is well-portrayed as she develops and progresses through her adventure, and the assortment of characters she meets along the way is fresh and unique. I honestly didn't want the book to end, but the way the story wrapped up was absolutely one of the most satisfying endings I have ever read. While it works great as a standalone novel, I can't wait to read more of Ambrielle's adventures in the next book.