My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know it’s only January, but I’m calling this — Best YA of 2015!
So why 4 stars you ask? Pacing! If you’ve read other reviews you will see a contingent of DNF. A lot of this was because this was written in 3rd person omniscient; switching between four characters, and then we are jumping from present to past and back again. This made it easy to put the book down.
Amazing character development! Even written in 3rd, I felt a deep connection with each of these characters. They were deeply human with their flaws and likeability. The bad guys were truly despicable but weren’t the typical trope. Quin is one of our MC’s and I loved her fierceness and her heart. The connection she has with John is so emotional. The entire love story was a rollercoaster, even knowing where it was headed.
The world building was unique. At first I thought it was in a historical fantasy land like Game of Thrones, with swords and family factions. But, then it was decidedly contemporary with guns, cars, cell phones, etc. There is also a Steampunk vibe going on. The fantasy elements are still a mystery to me, but I know enough to be riveted with this world.
THIS IS NOT A DYSTOPIAN!
To me this has a [b:Graceling|3236307|Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)|Kristin Cashore|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1331548394s/3236307.jpg|3270810]feel to it, but modern with elements of spiritualism. Honestly, it is really hard to compare it with any other story.
I can’t imagine how hard this was to write, but the author did a beautiful job! Each line pulled me deeper into these characters and mesmerized during each segment.
This is categorized as YA, and all of the protags are teenagers, but other than the romance bits, this has adult themes. No sex, or salty language, but violence, murder, and drugs.
Must read of 2015!