"I love the poetic style of Keys' writing, and I have since reading book one, "The Last City," (back when it was tilted "Gods of Anthem"). Both poetry and horror roots blossom in Keys' narrative, giving her words a unique place in the oversaturated YA world. Book two shows definite growth for Keys as a writer, right alongside her characters, which aren't quite finished with their journey yet.
This wonderful story is sprinkled with unexpected plot twists, plenty of "aww" moments, tons of hold-your-breath action, and even a handful of "wtf?!" moments. This story is honest, raw--even in the sad parts--unapologetic in that regard, and I admire the realness. Keys' ability to capture the beauty in the sadness and loss of those loved is something that makes her stand apart from the rest.
I could see these characters so clearly, and hear their voices in my mind (especially Dallas--I'm from Dallas, so she really leapt off the page at me), which shows how well these characters are written.
With a definite 'chill' and 'creep' factor,' I'd recommend this series for older teens and up, and for anyone who enjoys scary stories about: monsters, zombies, vampires, battling Authority, or fighting a dark world through the light of love." Christina Rozelle Best Selling Author of The Treemakers Trilogy
With little humanity left in this dying world, Keys manages to keep hope alive in the hearts' of her readers. The characters' stories weave together, bringing us closer to them and their journey. La La Land is full of heart stopping suspense with an underlying of courage that can't go unnoticed.
The writing was beautiful and poetic and I can't wait to be devoured by the third book in this series.