**spoiler alert** This book is flawed but I think that's what makes it work. The characters are all flawed and human.
At first the author's choice to...more**spoiler alert** This book is flawed but I think that's what makes it work. The characters are all flawed and human.
At first the author's choice to use dashes to indicate dialog was jarring. Eventually though, I found that the dashes style made me create a more solid mental image of the characters. Similar to when I read a play.
The premise of a Gladiator style sport made popular in today's culture was set up pretty well but the technology used to represent today's society and the technology used to further the plot weren't cohesive.
The little brother being an oracle was possibly an effort to bring some aspects of the Roman mythology into the story?
The thing is, I didn't really notice most of this stuff until after I was finished reading and was analyzing the story and how I felt about it. While I was reading it I was so caught up in Lyn and Thad and Allison and Tommy and Uber and Mark. I was thinking about the nature of family and love and friendship and how the lines blur between these things.
I did feel that the arena scene and the legitimacy of Lyn fighting were WAY underdeveloped. This could have been a 5 star book if that aspect had been handled differently.
But I loved the end. The lack of resolution left me with a weighty balance of despair and hope which led to a lot of introspection. And really, that's all I ask of a story. That it reflects some truths back to me and makes me consider and reconsider things that I take for granted. (less)
I started this book about 12 hours ago and just finished it about 5 minutes ago. I have done little else today. It has been awhile since I've been so...moreI started this book about 12 hours ago and just finished it about 5 minutes ago. I have done little else today. It has been awhile since I've been so sucked in to a story. I feel like a new genre should be created for this one. Science Fantasy maybe? I highly recommend it for so many reasons. It's one of those stories that sucks you in but also one of those books where you find yourself picking out a line and mulling it over a few times because it states a known truth in a new light. I'll be starting number 2 tomorrow. (less)