Aug 27, 12
Read in August, 2012
This was another version of a typical dystopian plot these days - a girl grows up in a society that doesn't quite accept her; she finds out where she belongs but doesn't fit in there either, until she learns to embrace her gifts. Then she's able to form a bridge between her two worlds in unexpected and redeeming ways.
I found this book to be a cross between Divergent and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - both great reads and this one is fun, as well. The main difference between Rutkoski's work and those others is that the characters from this world show up in the alternate world...making for a potentially jarring juxtaposition but the author makes it work. My only minor disappointment was that the shocking secret of Darcy's past is a bit obvious from a ways away, but that didn't detract from my interest in the sequel - which is clearly set up in this ending.