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All in all, this book was... OK... I found the characters were not very well developed and the main character was annoying in a look-at-me-I'm-so-uniquely-special and look-at-me-all-the-boys-love-me way. While the topic is obviously not twilight, I did draw comparisons in my head to it, as I found the protagonist rather self centered, manipulative and two dimensional and there was a love triangle (possibly will develop into a rectangle in the future books!) that was annoying. The other characters are fairly standard but do the job. I am sure that Cal will set some hearts a flutter with his perfection with a minor but acceptable flaw, but I can't say that he did anything for me.
The storyline is alright. I found it a bit predictable, but it kept my attention well enough and I did get to the end of the book without too much bother. There were some twists that, while not a total surprise, kept interest up.
I also found the world it was set in quite odd. The author seemed to draw from high fantasy GoT style worlds and futuristic dystopian worlds, throwing them into the blender with a hint of steampunk in the mix!
In short, if you don't mind your protagonists being precious little teenagers and want something that is mildly engaging for a short time, this is a mildly engaging bit of fantasy that you can escape with for a while, but, if I were you, I wouldn't shift it to the top of your wish list.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Incredibly good. Story, narration, the lot. all wonderful. Can't wait to listen to book number 2!
While the story reflects a hunger games style world and character scenario, the story is original. There are certainly parallels but they are both wonderful books. For those who enjoyed the Hunger Games series this will be for you. I don't mean that it's a cheap rip off but only that if you enjoy one, I'm positive you'll enjoy the other. Wonderful intriguing story with so many twists and turns.
Makes you think, makes you question everything and keeps you interested. No slow moments. It moves along nicely.
A young adult book? Sure. But If I wasn't told that before I couldn't have figured it out. Nothing child like about it. The main character just happens to be 17... at 23 myself, I adored it. It's the fantasy novel I've been waiting for and I am so excited that there are more books. I bought the second one straight away after finishing it.
Worth every cent.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It’s a well written, well paced book but the lack of acting in the woman’s voice pulled me out of it, she seemed afraid to yell or seem distressed in distressing scenes, and I personally couldn’t invest in the characters as they seemed one dimensional except for Maven. I never feared for anyone’s life and felt I knew where the story was going bar one twist. The romance seemed weak and forced on certain characters and in saying that characters were wishy washy in their motives, they flipped and flopped depending on how the plot needed them to be not because of who they were.
But I’m glad other people liked it and I can see how people would, just not for me.
Wow!! If you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, read this now!!
If you're new to the genre, read this now!
Fast paced, tight with detail, packed with intrigue and richly written characters.
Kept me enthralled with twists and turns, all the way through.
I mostly listened via audio, the narrator injects emotions perfectly.
THAT FREAKING ENDING!!