Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: 03/22/2011
My Rating: 4/5-- I mostly enjoyed it.
Plot in One Word: Dystopian
Good if...you want something unique and dystopian
I very much enjoyed this novel. The plot of a doomed future where all the new generations of children are dying off young was very original, very gripping, and very well executed. It hooked me in right away as it was something I'd never seen in a ya-book before! And I absolutely loved the characters and the dynamics between them. Each relationship brought something special to the story. SO there was this great plot and great characters and even a little romance mixed in...what I found lacking was the pacing. It didn't really hurt things enough to ruin this story for me, just towards the middle things started to drag a bit for me.
Overall I really liked this novel...it's just a couple things annoyed me slightly. I gave it a 4/5 because of those things. If you want to read my rant about them...you can highlight the below text. :)
Slight spoilers---highlight to see---
Was it just me or was this book kind of like a waiting game the whole book through? Waiting for Rhine to finally escape the mansion she's being held captive it. Once she develops the plan to escape it was like just hurry up and get on with it and escape already! So, finally the end comes and things finally start happening, she escapes 3 pages away from the end...and then the book ends! This wasn't a cliffhanger...not when the story just cuts off. So really, this entire book was one very long beginning.
And one other thing. It doesn't snow in Florida!!!! Not like the blizzard at the end during their escape! So maybe the world has changed because there is some reference to the mansion being 1000 years old...but if that's the case then you gotta let us know b/c all I could think is why is it snowing now after they just went through hurricane season! I hate when authors make stuff up just for convenience. Okay...end of rant.