I don't want to say too much about the premise of this book, because it will ruin the surprise. But I will say that I loved this book. I have been in...moreI don't want to say too much about the premise of this book, because it will ruin the surprise. But I will say that I loved this book. I have been in a major dry spell, wondering when someone would finally write a book worth finishing, and this was it for me. Arclight captured me in the first three pages and held me tight til the end. It was creative, original and mysterious. It had great characters and a wonderfully intriguing story. I loved it. I would highly recommend it and even though I think this has been written with sequels in mind, I thought it worked pretty well as a novel all on it's own.(less)
I was given a copy of this book by the author as part of a Read and Review, in exchange for an honest review.
I think the biggest issue for me with th...moreI was given a copy of this book by the author as part of a Read and Review, in exchange for an honest review.
I think the biggest issue for me with this book was editing. I felt like there was so many parts that didn't add to the story and instead drew me out and made the book drag. It was a bit hard to finish, I had to really push through the last quarter of the book. The frustrating part is that underneath that extra stuff, there is a really unique and exciting story. It had wonderful, creepy dystopian themes and it was a very original idea. But, I got lost in all the little bunny trail back stories, mostly those told by Blake.
Another issue I had was the characters. They didn't feel real to me. I thought Blake was the most realistic character. He was this perfect embodiment of a lustful, conflicted teenage boy. I liked Ethan and I was rooting for him to get the girl, but he was pretty frustrating at times too. But it was Kira who was by far the strangest character. I found her to be a very contradictory personality. Like when she first gets to her new house and she comments on the skanky clothes in the drawer that she never wear, then a couple weeks later she wears them to a party and is doing backflips...in a tube top and skirt....
Yeah, it was weird. And her internal monologues about her feelings were just ALL OVER the place. She insisted that she loved Blake and Ethan only held attraction for her. But her actions and behaviors, to me, didn't say either of those things. It seemed like she had a more friendship type love for Blake and real love for Ethan. I dunno, I just didn't really get her character and had a hard time connecting.
I'm torn about continuing the series because like I said, I thought the concept of this book was really unique and interesting, but I didn't love it and I just wish it had been condensed a bit more. There were a lot of things that I had a tough time with. I don't know if it was me or the author's way of writing, but I had difficulty visualizing a lot of the things described: landscape, structures. And there were parts that I had to re-read and they didn't make sense. I had this problem several times where a chapter just didn't compute. I didn't understand what they were talking about. So, I don't know. It could just be me. I would still recommend this book to people for the uniqueness of it. I didn't hate it, I just think it needs to be cleaned up a bit.(less)