Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
DNF @ 30% (did not finish)
I just can't do it anymore. Book 1 was so good for the first 40% and then sooo bad; and here's book 2 with even worse writing than the last half of book 1. If I didn't know any better I'd say that someone wrote the first half of book 1 and a totally different person wrote the rest and has carried into book 2.
This is book 2 in a series that has a brilliant dystopian premise. Right up there with Divergent and Hinger Games for creativity and impact. Unfortunately the rest of it is painful.
This series/book suffers from the very typical YA pitfalls:
- the main love interest thinks he's better than everyone
- the lead gal is whiny and annoying; except when it's convenient for her to be a strong leader, then she's suddenly super smart
- the interactions between characters are wooden and dull
- the handling of loosing a gal loosing her virginity is really, really poorly handled (as in mentioned but no emotional depth at all!!)
- the adults are so dumb and easily played by this wussy lead teenager
It's like someone wrote down a list of all of the typical issues in YA books and incorporated them in.
Did I mention that I'm truly disappointed as I really love, love, LOVE the premise of this world and I think there are some amazing, deep and philosophical things that could be done with the dystopian construct. A huge opportunity missed in my opinion.
<i>Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.</i>