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I feel a bit conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the concept of this book and fell it had a great outlying plot. I liked the world building, I liked the characters, and I liked the mystery. On the other, the book is so short that the story ends right when it gets going. Throw in a forced love story that's just there for the sake of being a love story and you've got a good, but not great, book.
The world building and plot were great. Dystopian future with robots everywhere? Awesome. A main character whose father is the Steve Jobs of robots? Great! A kidnapping scheme? Cool, makes sense! A boy from the wrong side of the tracks getting sucked into the mix? Yeah, I dig it.
Then things get kind of...sloppy.
I liked the first 60% of the book (although the alternating points of view almost lost me at the beginning--the viewpoints were switching too frequently; what was 10 chapters could easily have been 5 if condensed properly; something that continued throughout the book, but not so egregiously as in the first 25%). The suspense and mystery were there and on point. Then things started to drag; the kidnappers didn't seem to know where they were going with their scheme, the main characters were stuck with no way out...until suddenly and miraculously they found a way out.
And then the love story happened. I found it very contrived and cliched, although shoutout to the Sam, the main male character, for suggesting that Victoria, the main female character, had Stockholm Syndrome--that explanation would've made perfect sense!
I wish that this book had been longer. Just when things were getting nice and meaty, it just kind of...ended. I would've loved to have seen more of the "after," as the short epilogue we got wasn't enough for me.
This wasn't a bad book by any means, but it isn't wasn't one that I'll be aching to re-read or likely recommend to friends. Kate Ellison should be proud of the world she built, because it was wicked cool--if a sequel comes out expanding upon the world, I'd definitely consider picking it up, but other than that, I doubt this book will garner anything other than a passing thought of "oh yeah, I read that," from me in the future.
Having come along on what Sam thought was going to be a simple break in with his cousin he immediately recognizes Victoria when his cousin takes her hostage. Sam is no better than a prisoner himself but vows to get them both out of the clutches of his cousin and his girlfriend. While being held Victoria and Sam work together and grow closer as the pair try to find a way out.
All Her Secrets was a rather fast paced young adult thriller which for me lacked a bit of world building along the way to make this one a truly great read. There were details while reading that are left out that made parts of the story just not really make much sense until the very end. If some things had been given more depth earlier on without giving away the ending I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more.
Now the ending truly saved this one and made it an interesting read after finishing. The ideas behind the story of this not so distant future were certainly entertaining in the fact that you can see how the world might progress to this type of future with how technology is today.
Overall, 3.5 stars. I would have liked a bit more depth earlier on in the story to make the action a bit more intense instead of leading to questions for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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