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In FATED, the personified Fate, also known as Fabio, falls in love with a mortal.
What intrigued me: I enjoyed BREATHERS by him and thought I'd give his other works a try.
Fabio is a remarkable and interesting character that is definitely worth getting his own story and I loved how he went through significant character development. However, his character development is extremely obvious and you could've guessed what's going to happen already on page five. His love interest Sara is a major Mary Sue. Her entire character is defined by being the perfect match for Fabio and not even once acting like a rational human being. Wherever she goes, people smile. Whomever she talks to, has a perfect day. Come on. Come on here.
It's almost impossible to keep up with all the characters in FATED - every single human emotion has a corresponding character. Browne NEVER states at no point in the novel what these characters actually are, besides personifications of certain emotions. I wished this had more explanations, more reasons, more world building.
Browne manages to tease the reader extremely by not giving answers to the most interesting things. The actual plotline and love story between Sara and Fabio is simply boring. I rather would have read about Teddy, the personification of Death and his relationship to Fabio. Or about the Devil! How come the Devil didn't get an appearance? If you're going to write about heavenly matters and basically angelic creatures, you have to include the devil.
The ending left me extremely unsatisfied. It just seems like a very convenient conclusion for the story that doesn't make the author have to make any effort at all - just by ending it like this, the novel doesn't come full circle and just leaves me as a reader confused.
Another convenient coincidence is how Fabio finds out about Destiny's involvement. I'm not going to go into any detail in order not to spoil the novel for anyone, but it makes NO sense for her to leave clues that obvious especially not given the fact that she has such a skilled accomplice.
Overall: Do I recommend?
No. It's fine if you're exploring S.G. Browne's works, but other than that, there is no reason for anyone to read this novel. It left me disappointed.
"Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up.
Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five- hundred-year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human.
Getting involved with a human breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality-or lead to a fate worse than death."