I did really enjoy these stories. They were entertaining and fun to read; a bit ott and unrealistic at times, but relatable nevertheless.
My ONLY issueI did really enjoy these stories. They were entertaining and fun to read; a bit ott and unrealistic at times, but relatable nevertheless.
My ONLY issue is with the final story, Deception. Presumably the detective, Miranda, was originally a man? There are many instances in the copy I read where Miranda is referred to as "he" and "him", but despite being off putting, it didn't detract from the tale being told. It's easily fixable.
I loved this book so much that I really struggled to put it down, despite needing sleep or the bath water becoming cold, or just life, getting in the I loved this book so much that I really struggled to put it down, despite needing sleep or the bath water becoming cold, or just life, getting in the way ...
I enjoyed the way in which we were introduced to the characters and the world they inhabit; it isn't forced on to the reader, but instead we are gently immersed into it. There is tension. There are unexpected shocks. It is terrifyingly sad and emotional, and yet it feels so normal, because it is Rob's normal. You really feel as if you get to know the characters, however brief some of their stories are, and you will them to survive or change or see the light, even though you realise that will might be fruitless.
A very focused and enjoyable spin on a genre which is often full of the same-old, same-old.
Very much looking forward to diving into the next in the series now!...more
As a fan of dystopian YA fiction, I did enjoy the idea of the story. It was refreshing to read from the point of view Free copy from Voracious Readers
As a fan of dystopian YA fiction, I did enjoy the idea of the story. It was refreshing to read from the point of view of a young gay male, although the relationship between Derin and Dylan seemed too perfect and forced, and was a little gushy at times.
My biggest issue with the story is that it is just too American ... Mom. Blocks. Gotten. OrganiZation. A lack of u in words such as honoUr and favoUrite. Kindergarten. Patriot. Vacation. Sidewalk.
Words that an English person would rarely say.
If it wasn't for the fact that the title makes the reader aware that this is set in England, it could just as easily have been set in America. As an English reader this completely spoilt the story for me. If I read a book set in America, with American protagonists, I expect the style and language to be American; it enables me to visualise what's going on more easily. Likewise, a story set in England, with English characters, needs to be *English*.
I suppose what I'm trying to say - perhaps badly - is that I didn't recognise this as England, regardless of it being set in a dystopian future, which itself should have made it more English, not less.
Am I being too picky?!
However, I DID persevere, and I DO want to know what happens next, because I did enjoy the premise. I would like to get to know some of the characters a little better.
I just spent my reading time imagining that it was set elsewhere....more