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Great plot, but not developed enough
on December 22, 2013
I went into this because I was disappointed with the Divergent series and, based on the stellar ratings, this series promised to be better, but still in the same general theme. I was engrossed in it for about half the book. There were a few things that made me quirk an eyebrow, but I figured, this is a long book, it'll get worked out. Well, it didn't, not really.
I loved the idea and the plot of this book. It follows a pair of characters, both legends in their own way. A terrible conspiracy brings them together as enemies, and as the plot unfolds, you find out the evil doesn't stop there. I liked the characters from the start and was itching to see how their dilemma would be resolved.
My only issue with this book is that there is no emotional development whatsoever. It consists of a series of snap changes that gave me whiplash on occasion. June discovers her brother is dead. She barely grieves, just goes directly to wrath and a quest to find the killer. She then discovers something shocking, and it's presented something like this: What I read fills me with horror (insert three pages of the shock content). She then immediately turns everything off and goes to sleep. No explanation, no chance for her to think it over, or feel anything, just sleep. This happens quite a lot in the book. Big revelations are huge leaps to conclusions by the characters that left me wondering, "How did you get THAT from the available information??" The emotional connection between June and Day was rushed as well. They were pretty quick to forgive and forget, and even taking into consideration that they are teenagers, it's a little less than believable when you remember people DIED around them. Family members. And they were led to believe the other was responsible. June's forgiveness is understandable, but Day... I don't think so. And given the situation he's in at the end of the book, I just can't get behind him worrying more about June's sadness than his own life.
This is a very okay book. It's worth reading. But as the first in the series, the author maybe could have spent a little more time on character development, especially the emotional side.