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Could have been better.
on April 20, 2012
**Notice: My review contains SPOILERS.***
Whenever I give a book (or item) a review that doesn't make the fans happy, I get a fair amount of 'not helpful' clicks. I know that these come from emotional based responses from the fans. Never the less, these "not helpful" clicks by the fans have caused me to shy away from giving anything, but the best books (items) an Amazon review.
But I feel to be honest and fair to those who will be paying for the book, it is worth the knocks on my Amazons 'over all review ratings' percentage to put my review out here. As this book has a large number of 5 stars ratings, but I feel that potential buyers deserve the other side of the coin. Personally, I wish I had known a little bit more about what I was paying for before I got this book.
I give this book three stars and I feel that I am being generous doing so. I feel that three stars is an average read. I give my stars on an 'overall' (flow-plot-characters and so on) view of the book.
What I liked about the book. It has good action combat scenes. It starts off with a steady pace and keeps at that same pace. I liked the book cover. I liked the storyline (just not the execution of it).
What did not work for me about the book.
The characters especially (our protagonist) seem flat. Kayla falls into the Y. A. stereotypical 'heroine' who needs a man (teenage boy) do tell her what to do/think/feel. This has become a current and regrettably ever so popular trend in the Y. A. Dystopian genre.
I was more then frustrated with the number of times the author fell onto the 'You don't know? You should know. You should remember by now or, someone should have already told you. I promise I will tell you but not right now, later. You can trust me.' Then of course they never get around to telling her, and they end up betraying her (repeatedly). Yet Somehow it is all ok in the next chapter. Really? You call that suspense? I found it annoying.
Also what I did not enjoy about the book was the way the author 'borrows' from other books or movies. Without giving too much away I will say, you know in the movie the Matrix , the red pill (remember everything) the blue pill (forget). Yeah the author 'borrowed' that. Except it was a syringe of white fluid vs one of purple fluid.
Now I feel it is ok to gently 'borrow' a storyline, provided you have your own take on how the plot and characters should be. But I do not feel it is OK to 'borrow' a scene from someone else's work. If the author could not find a way to give Kayla and the others a way to choose to remember or forget without so heavily 'borrowing' then she should have skipped that all together.
I will not be continuing on in this series.
However I am sure there are readers who might like this series like those who enjoy the YA Dystopian teen-romance genre.