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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680589415
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (January 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1U5B75
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The character relationships and how they arrive to these conclusions is a mystery. The relationship between the rebel leader (Grayson Roe) and Amaira left me confused and apathetic toward them, as characters. They meet three times and suddenly are in love? All three times are clandestine and rushed. Roe as a character does not move me to like or dislike him. Really he just confuses me, he thinks all people working for Argos is bad, he is a cold blood killer, but yet by Amaira's good looks he is in love? Way to easy, not enough character interactions for me to believe the emotion is true.
Amaira's character is another story. She is a likable enough girl, but a bit wishy, washy. She goes from fierce to going with the flow at the flip of the coin. She loves Roe, but then she is sleeping with Knox (the invading commander) and has feelings for him. She doesn't believe in the rebels cause but suddenly she is helping them. Where is her thought process, her reasoning? Why did she suddenly flip?
Knox is an enigma... he is tall, blond and cold. End of story. Not much character interaction except for sleeping with Amaira, and sub characters telling her how much she affects him.
Another sore spot for me was time line. I could never get a grasp on how long the story spanned. For example, Amaira works as a food taster. She worked many days, time passes, a girl dies, she is promoted. There is nothing to describe if this happened in a day, month, or six years. It is hard to tell how long Argos has occupied Emerson. I personally like how an author communicates time passing. The unknown time also leaves me questioning the relationships of the characters.
Now my review sounds very negative, but there is some good! I loved the country setting, the description of the town and how it was divided. The bombing scene was great, great dialogue, angst and ending for a certain sub character. I really felt sorry for Meg by this point. I loved how the author took time out of her story to build friendships for the heroine. She had a couple of scenes where they met in secret to share a cigarette.
Over all I could not give a 5 star, but it did not totally suck. There were many chapters I enjoyed, such as the train ride. I would recommend this book to a friend. I just have high expectations of character interactions and dimensions and feel that it did not meet mine.
For all that I loved the bones of this story, though, I really really wanted more character and relationship development. Don't get me wrong. The book is excellent and I love the plot. I love the way things play out for the most part, but I'm one of those people who just needs to understand how and why something happens. I need to have a thorough understanding of the lead character especially, and I need to be able to understand their motivations. And where relationships are concerned? It's okay if they move fast, but I like to see things build between characters. For me, that's where this book fell a little flat. I found myself not quite understanding Amira. While some of her decisions made perfect sense to me and I could see her motivations clearly, others seemed to come out of nowhere. Worse than that, I wasn't sure I trusted her by the end of the book. If I'm going to end a book not trusting someone, it's generally best if it's not the main character. The relationship aspect was a little messy for me in this book, as well. While I could see how a relationship might develop between one set of characters, another was professing love with legitimately no buildup. Somehow, those two went from a business sort of understanding to completely in love with no real in between. Essentially, I wanted more.
Like I said before, this story has great bones. I love the plot and I love the world. But I would rather have seen it build more thoroughly into something longer or even a series so that we could really understand the characters and see their relationships develop. Overall, though, I'd say it was a really enjoyable read.
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