Vain Empires

Reviewed by: Sonya Downing is a professional writing major at Taylor University.



Title: Vain Empires

Author: Brandilyn Collins

Publisher: Challow Press

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Format: Paperback

Length: 315 pages


     Vain Empires begins when six contestants arrive on the set of a reality show that offers the fulfilment of all their dreams as the prize. All it takes to win is to learn which of the seven deadly sins each of them represents. Simple, right? Wrong. The contestants realize their shot at happiness comes with a cost: each of them has a damning secret… and those secrets are about to be splattered across TV screens all across the world. To solve the mystery, the characters – and the readers along with them – receive clues twice a day. Tensions skyrocket as contestants scramble to piece messages and hints together. By the time the three days are up, all of them – even the winner – will go home utterly destroyed.

     Dark, twisted, and suspenseful, the plot made it impossible to close the book and go to sleep at a decent hour. Also, despite a few patches of awkward dialogue, the characters felt believable and real. Unfortunately, as the story progresses, the characters all prove to be despicable human beings, which made it difficult to root for or empathize with any of them. As a result, the major plot twist at the end packs none of the punch that was intended. With that being said, Vain Empires was still a decent work, and I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a little suspense.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

New adult and older

Christian Impact

Readers learn a valuable lesson about how insidious and pervasive sin can be.

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Vain Empires

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