What can I say, this book feels quite immature. To me it lacks depth and understanding of how the world works.
I am left baffled with all the hype thaWhat can I say, this book feels quite immature. To me it lacks depth and understanding of how the world works.
I am left baffled with all the hype that was raised regarding this book.
Admittedly it had some good elements to it, but mostly it just annoyed me in so many levels.
What was good about it:
► The writing. I think the overall writing style was great. Also the beginning of the story was very promising plot vise. ► The characters. Aside from the main protagonist Ruby and her love interest Liam the rest of the kids were really well crafted. I couldn't help but to fall in love with Zu, she was incredible!
What was not so good, or what left me feeling ambivalent:
► The world. Some elements of the world were great. I think the overall idea of it was cool, but it was not explained well enough for my liking, so it did not feel 'real' to me. Also it seemed very immature in some ways. I mean, if you have a collapsed economy and horrible depression (30% of people with no work), people are afraid, children are dead or dying or imprisoned, you have a tyrant dictator as your president, you are cut off from the rest of the world, I would imagine there would be some inflation at the least. . . But no, these four kids had twenty dollars and went to buy breakfast at a waffle house. That is just one of the examples. I feel that this world was not realistic enough. If the events described there would truly happen I don't think the outcome would be what was described in the book. Also we never really find out anything about the back-story. Why these kids started dying all of a sudden? Why the ones who survived got powers? Why did the government create the camps a.k.a. prisons for the children with powers? (Wouldn't it be smarter to use them to help rebuild your crumbling country?) Why, why, why . . .
► Ruby. She was just such a whiny and annoying protagonist. She had some awesome powers, but she was absolutely terrified of using them. Okay, I can sort of understand why she was so scared, having had them go terribly wrong in the past. But sometimes she just, ugh, she was just too wimpy for my liking. I mean, if the lives of your friends are at stake and your powers can save them, then stand up for them for goodness sake! Take some risks. I like the main character to have more back bone and sass to them. Also, she was just so naive. Okay, she may not have had much school education, but she definitely had some real life education- having endured years in a horrible prison camp. She had certainly seen the worst of people there, so how come she just fell for such obvious ruses?! Honestly!
► Liam. He was a strange one for me. I felt that we were told what he was like not shown- if that makes sense. I did like the idea of him, but I didn't feel that I really knew him, so I did not connect with him. He was very one dimensional.
► Jack's Letter. Honestly, there is so much wrong with it that I don't even know how the author came up with this. I mean Jack was described as this awesome friend, protector and mentor (he even gave up his life to protect a friend), yet he wrote this completely moronic letter and expected his best friends to deliver it, knowing that they might be in serious danger if they did so . . .
► The bad guys. It just felt like so many (all) of the camp/ prison guards were just pure sadists and had no soul or empathy what so ever. Also, pretty much all of the other grownups were just completely rotten. I just can't stomach such complete evil in human beings, at least not in so many at the same time and without any apparent reason. I suppose a real life example would be the Nazis and Nazi SS, but they were seriously brainwashed. Also most people went along with the Nazi movement because they were starving and in tire need of jobs, clothing etc. and they wanted their pride in themselves and in their country back. I am sure there was also fear involved - fear for their families, livelihoods and lives. Here in this book the grownups had nothing much to fear themselves, only the kids with powers were killed (and the greater populous was unaware of the killing) or put in camps (the grownups though that the camps were some innocent reform school type of establishments and that their kiddies would come out all nice and normal after a while- seriously who would believe such lies, especially as they never saw the children again after being sent to camps?). So, times were hard but it seemed to me that people still got by. And what kind of a sane person would just turn a blind eye or participate in the torture of children? Or give away their children because they had super powers? I like my bad guys to make sense, have some sort of a motive a reason for being 'bad', these did not.
So overall this book was just off in so many levels. I will not be reading the next book in the series. ...more