Young-Adult, Science-Fiction, Dystopia
eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
My rating 2 stars
A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.
REVIEW I will try to review this book without spoilers, per the author’s request. Show of hands – who has read Lord of the Flies? The Maze Runner? Well, if you have then you will have a sense of what this book is about. I won’t lie, this book is addicting. As in, you will be so caught up trying to see where it leads that you don’t care that these characters are annoying. I kept reading, and reading, and reading…..
The MC, Em (M. Savage), is somewhat likable. Her obsession with being the leader was annoying. Granted, she was the first to wake within the group. So, you have to ask yourself – just because she woke up first, does that mean she’s fit to lead? Her inner musings consisted of leadership, rules, and looks. She kept going on and on about how everyone was beautiful and getting embarrassed about certain body parts. It was annoying. I liked her for her ability to see the other character’s strengths and weaknesses. She figured out fairly quickly about a character from her group, Yong, and later on Bishop. They bore the same symbol on their foreheads, and their bullying nature was up front and center. Spingate was my favorite character, simply because of how she figured out how things worked. Smart, for someone who has no memory of her life before. There are a slew of other characters that play certain roles and I kept going thinking that I would be satisfied with everyone’s personality and why they were there to start with.
This book lead to nowhere for me. It was like playing follow the leader, and yet you get nowhere. Then around 60% or so, things change, and there are still more questions. The the big reveal at the end doesn’t even matter to me anymore because I was fed up with the book by that time. I think that you will either love or hate this book. It’s just that simple. I know there will be others who find it thrilling, but it’s just not a story that I can continue to follow. If you like stories about human civilization with some dystopia and science-fiction thrown in, then this book is for you. By all means, give it a go. The theme of this book isn’t any different from all the other dystopian novels that I’ve read, but it reminds me so much of Lord of the Flies, that I just can’t continue on with the series. Morals, individuality, religion, debates, leadership – this is basically what you are in store for. It’s a good try, but I think it took way too long to get to the good stuff.