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This book was a roller coaster ride (and thus hard to rate). The start was exciting and complex, the middle slowed to a boring lull and just when I was looking for my coffee to keep me awake and interested... BAM! there came the ending. The premise was extremely unique, the writing was very good but it needed some major editing. There were times where the wrong tense was used and places where words were omitted completely. It didn't detract from the reading too much but it was a minor nuisance. More importantly, the characters were not only likeable but relatable (even with them entrenched in a palpably dark dystopian world). The world building was incredibly detailed and rich that I felt like I was immersed 100%. That was true until around 50% (ish). Around then I was slowly starting to page watch, hoping that the numbers were growing faster than my notice (NOT a good sign)....BUT...The last 15-10% renewed my interest and increased the ongoing rating in my brain. It is a strong foundation for what will hopefully be an incredible series.
Here is a long quote that sums up the book's premise perfectly:
"The world had turned to waste; immortality was never meant for man and it drove humanity to the edge of destruction. There had been plenty of stories about how the human race would end. Unlike the movies from Hollywood, there was no big bang like a sun exploding; there was no catastrophic moment where our world was flipped upside down like in a nuclear war or zombie virus outbreak. It was gradual, like a seeping virus that withered everything within its path until it ground us down into brittle, hollowed cores. It wasn’t out to destroy our bodies; it destroyed everything we once treasured. Hope, love, compassion, joy… even our mortality. It was all gone. And now it mocked us with a peace we could never achieve, death"
I highly recommend this book to Dystopian readers, lovers of a good Saviour's journey along with anyone interested in finding a well written, fascinating character driven, uniquely premised YA novel. It really is a good start to the trilogy (slow spots and all).
The two main characters were great. The show of such inescapable dysfunction was exciting and nerve racking. The remaining characters didn't seem to display much depth. Sure, there were surprises from others, but none seemed to be terribly complex. I would have wanted to see more overall personal interaction, and this might have fixed the aforementioned gripe. This is not meant to convey a serious detraction from the book. It's for knowing to expect a sense of personal detachment, and that the story uses accessory characters to support the plot.
The world was as graphic as the book cover which grabbed my attention in the first place (much congratulations to Thander Lin). Appropriate amounts of detail made for a rich experience, but not a burdensome read. I am glad that the world was not a static backdrop of urban decay. There were environments which are typical of dystopian genre, and there were others which seemed almost normal. This is an idea which is often overlooked. When the world falls apart, not everything will be consumed and the lifestyles of some will continue unaffected.
The beginning was fast and I was brimming with speculation. A great launch! I was gripped by Nadia's experiences. But somewhere in the middle the narrative lost it's momentum. I am not sure what happened to the pacing, but my first guess is story elements that do not move the action. I am glad for it hooking me again towards the last quarter. I don't enjoy monitoring my progression, feeling tired at the end, or writing a dismal review. There were also editing issues, which seemed to exacerbate the sluggish middle. When I would just barely become submerged in the story, a typo, missing word, or noun/verb plural disagreement would jar me back to reality. I had not expected to find an editor, let alone two, credited in the front. Not necessarily an indication of poor editing skills, but possibly they had been on the project too long or other ruinous circumstances.
As I intend to request a copy for the second instalment, readers can be confident in my recommendation of this book, regardless of the detractions. It's premise and conclusion are both great, and can hopefully be considered a rocky start for a potentially awesome series.
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