Jun 03, 12
Anyone looking for their next gotta-keep-reading obsession
Read in September, 2011 — I own a copy
Picked it up in an airport because the people I know who read YA lit were all reading it. Didn't expect much, and the first half of the book confirmed my expectations. Clunky writing style, story that was Running Man meets Lord of the Flies set in the depression except post-apocalyptic.
And then it got good. Really good. An almost Fitzgerald-ian ability to use scene description to reflect character experience, and remarkably visual for a book containing seemingly fewer adjectives than you could count on your fingers (...okay, maybe fingers and toes). The story just started to move, and it was like a bullet train.
THIS is what I want to read when I'm on an airplane. Incredibly smart and interesting, but not overwhelmingly complex. I rushed off to buy the rest of the series, and handed this one to my partner, who, surprisingly (he doesn't read a lot of fiction, and has no interest in YA) polished this off in short order and started trying to sneak the other two out from under me.