This book was fun and I can see why a lot of people loved it but it just wasn't for me. There were a lot of parts I enjoyed, but in the end it was a bit of a let down. Let me start this review though by telling you what I did think was good in this book.
The narrator was fantastic. She did an incredible job with the story. She has a wonderful voice to listen to and delivers the narration really well. I liked her differentiation for the various characters too. Spot on narration performance.
The first person narration and the characters worked well. You really get to know the main character Karas and the author did a good job of describing how she felt in every scene. So you got a good take on that character. The other characters were fleshed out pretty well and they came across as believable. So she did a good job with her characters which could be argued is the most or one of the most important things for a fiction book.
The story world was cool and I liked seeing how different it was from our own in a sort of post-apocalyptic way, but there was much left unexplained. Part of this could be that you discover the world through the eyes of the main character and she still has a lot to learn about the world, but it left me wanting a bit more information on the world and how it worked. Still I enjoyed experiencing this story world through the main character's point of view.
The book starts out really well. I was really impressed with it. The writing was great, the emotion, the world. It was exciting and a lot of crazy things and action take place. Then when the characters set off on their adventure it's kind of one long slog until they get to a certain place. Then some great action happens, and then it's another kind of boring journey where not much happens.
This was a cool book but I feel that a lot more could have been done to make it an amazing book. There was a lot of show don't tell, or where you as a reader miss an event happening and it's explained later in dialog. Those things were a letdown to me. Also I felt like the ending did have tension, but was over way too fast and it was way too easy for them to defeat the bad guy. After he's been chasing them for pretty much the whole book you wanted a really big hard final showdown where it seems like the characters weren't going to win - but they do and it was very easy for them. They didn't have to really struggle to beat the bad guy in the final showdown scene. That was kind of the last straw for me. I was kind of bored through the book, though I did enjoy many details and little scenes and interactions between characters, and I was kind of holding out for the end of the book to wow me and sadly it did not.
It should be said that I'm a male in his thirties who loves reading action and adventure stories. While this story didn't have as much of that stuff as I would have liked it did have romance that I'm sure a lot of readers will appreciate. Like I said the author nailed the characters and their interactions between each other on their journey was done well. I just wish it would have been harder for them and that more would have happened. I think a lot of female readers will love this book, and I'm sure even a lot of male readers.
Ann Christy is a good writer and we can only expect better and better books to come from her so - would I read her next book? Yes I would. She has talent, hopefully she just works a little harder on the "dark night of the soul," "all is lost" moment in her next book.
Still a pretty good read - I think I'm just not the target audience for this one.