My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a very interesting read–if not entirely fresh–read. It felt a lot like Delirium by Lauren Oliver, except set in Antartica (not literally–just somewhere really, really cold). It featured a lot of the same elements–dystopian society, girl affected by parent’s death, insta-love with a lot of kissing, and other throwbacks.
I gave it three stars because while the plot did hook me and keep me interested, I had several problems with it:
1. I liked the first-person writing. I’ve only read one other book by this author, and I can tell the writing has come a looong way. However: I did not like the constant re-hashing and reassessing EVERY. SINGLE. THING.
2. For a Christian author, this book felt very secular. Mentions of religion and prayer were few and far between, and felt obligatory. Also, the situations the character’s got into did not reflect a Christian perspective.
3. As I mentioned in #2, the characters got into some rather…passionate situations.(view spoiler)
5. I did like the characters–mostly. Jude and Eve felt well rounded out (on the side: shout out to Nadine Brandes–I will never think of anyone named Jude the same way again. )*: ), but everyone else seemed to be lacking character development.
6.I was left with a LOT of unanswered questions. Yes, this may be a series, but I would appreciate it if the first book at least had a complete story arc that wasn’t dependent on sequels to wrap it up.
Overall, I wasn’t satisfied with the book. I would like to read the next one to see how the story continues, but I don’t have super high hopes for it.
Content guide (may contain spoilers):
Violence 7/10 (lots of injuries, some serious, and some rather gory. characters are attacked and beaten up, by both the ‘good’ guys and the ‘bad’ guys.)
Sexual Content 6/10 (lots of embracing and kissing–including tongue kissing. Eve tries to goad Jude into further romantic entanglement–almost reads like she is trying to seduce him.)
Rating: 3 stars
Recommended: With caution. 13 and up.
*Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review!*
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