I received a copy of this through NetGalley and immediately got to reading it. I had skimmed a few reviews and was intrigued by the "it...more3 1/2 stars...
I received a copy of this through NetGalley and immediately got to reading it. I had skimmed a few reviews and was intrigued by the "it's similar to The Hunger Games" that everyone keeps writing.
So here is the thing. I loved the Hunger Games, and while I thought this book was good, I didn't love it. I personally think that I connect more with female characters and that is not a fault of this book. It had some really great characters, a great premise and some interesting plot lines, I just couldn't get really into it. I loved the character of Darrow... more so in his original helldiver life and his love for Eo was definitely deep and heartfelt. Some of the side characters were well thought out and I ended up either hating or loving them.
I think one problem in the story however was that there were entirely too many characters. It was hard to keep them all straight and if I put the book down for a few days, I would have a hard time remembering who they were or what there role was in the story.
I do think the premise of the story was great. Weak against the strong, good vs. evil, overcoming huge obstacles. The story was extremely violent (I actually don't have a problem with it in this story... it fit well).
Overall, an interesting story and I find myself interested to see what happens with Darrow (as well as Sevro and Mustang if they are even involved in the other books). For the most part, it was fast paced and kept moving (there were a couple of parts when Darrow was preparing for the institute that I lost interest), but overall I would recommend the book to fans of sci-fi/fantasy/distopian sort of books.(less)