In the future, war consumes the Earth.
Like the other people who are still alive, Collin wants to
stay that way. He does so by banding together with others,
scavenging for food, and staying out of sight. After he
gets word that his best friend, Nyas, is "missing in
action," he knows that means he's probably dead. He makes
an exception to his rule of staying inside to mourn his
friend with a small ceremony. To his shock, he's snatched
up by a dragon named Zacharei, who calls him "Kay-lin" and
accuses him of running away from another dragon. Is this
the end of Collin's life, or a new beginning?
Dragon's Delight is a
fascinating blend of post-apocalyptic, futuristic, and
paranormal. I liked Collin, whose instincts for survival
have been honed by his difficult and sometimes brutal life.
His dreams, of having enough food and someone who cares
about him, are heart-wrenchingly simple and small, yet he
doesn't think he'll ever have them. His disbelief when he's
dropped into the dragons' world, which is completely unlike
the hell Earth has become, was amusing. He doesn't know how
to relate to Avalier, the dragon who believes Collin to be
his runaway human pet, Kay-lin. Strong yet vulnerable
Avalier made a great match for Collin. My only complaint
with Dragon's Delight is that it ended too
soon! There were still a few unanswered questions at the
end, and I wanted to see more of Collin and Avalier. I hope
Willa Okati decides to revisit these two someday.