So, I’m not one for stories that end unhappily. I’m definitely more of a happily ever after kind of girl. If I want depressing and realistic, I’ll watch the news. My reading is for escape. Which, I think I’ve mentioned before in one of my many tirades over what bugs me about a lot of contemporary modern fiction. But sometimes, I come across a book that has a clever enough concept that I’ll read it even though it most likely isn’t going to end well. Fated is one of those types of books. The idea behind it was so cool, I had to read.
Fated is the story of Fabio, aka Fate. He’s gotten rather fed up with his job of trying to shepherd 83% of the population not on the Path of Destiny to conclusions that are just OK. Really, he’s fed up with us because no matter how nice a fate he manages to create for us, we always manage to muck it up. Then, Fabio meets Sara, a mortal on the path of Destiny, and then Fate goes all down hill from there.
I think what I loved most about Fated was the cleverness of how it introduced its characters. At no point did it try to be too clever. A new character would walk in and Fabio would explain: “This is Dennis. He is Death. The thing about Death is he’s X.” X could be passive agressive, megalomanic, sociopath etc. The idea is these are the immortal beings directing things and they are completely off their rockers themselves. It made for fun introductions and interactions between Fabio and his fellow immortals. Fabio himself is likable in spite of himself. He is bored, lackadaisical unhappy and frustrated. Even when he starts to change things up, he’s a bundle of confusion and anxiety. He tries to play the straight good guy but being Fate, tends to blame others for what he’s unhappy about. In that sense, he’s a great depiction of Fate personified.
The story itself sort of breezes along. There is no great adventure, no driving plot point to be solved in the end. We simply come into Fabio’s life and follow it along for this limited period as he falls in love, repeatedly tries to be better and screws it up, gets called on his mistakes and then punished before finally reaching what, in the end, is an inevitable conclusion. Though it still erked me and actually kind of skeeved me out a bit how this story concluded. I can appreciate it but wish the author could have come up with a less…awkward ending.
So, Fated gets full marks for interesting premise and fun character development as well as a story that rolls along at a neat pace and tries to find a silver lining in the end which is more than a lot of books do these days. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a quirky read and don’t mind an odd ending now and then.