Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Expected Publication: June 4th 2013
Pages: eBook | Pages: 471
Genre: Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance
Source: NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!
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I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series both. And so when I heard about this new series coming out I was very excited, especially with it being in the dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy genres. I was ready to try something different from her and this absolutely is that! Though we're thrust into a whole new world with a new set of rules, you can definitely feel the uniqueness of a voice that is all her own coming from this book. She knocked this one out of the park! YA, paranormal, Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, action, suspense, she can do it all.
I was hooked from the opening lines and that feeling didn't fade once all the way through to the end. There's so much going on I found it hard to allow myself to stop to do normal human function type things like sleep, eat... you know, the basics. I was just so enthralled with this world she shows us.
Richelle Mead has created characters that you genuinely care about. Mae I liked instantly. She has a... I'm not sure how else to put it at the moment...a voice, that is very much Richelle Mead. I suppose in a small sense she reminds me a bit of her character Rose from VA. Not in a, been there done that, kind of way but as in certain aspects have a similar vibe. They're both sort of militant, yet have a softer more vulnerable side that they try to keep hidden. But that being said they are still very different. When she's not in the story I found myself wanting to see more of her and to know more of what's going on with her.
Justin is very entertaining. He's very confident and smart and has a gift for reading people. He has a very interesting, and quite often entertaining....personality quirk. To put it any other way would give away a bit of a plot point. But back on track he's the perfect person to throw in with Mae to create some really good friction and tension filled scenes.
And that's the thing, this book wasn't some epic love story that so many of them are today. Not that there's anything wrong with that but this was focused on murder, mystery, mythology with just a touch of romance thrown in here and there. Lots of action all the way up to the end which had me dying because I then realized, this book isn't even officially out for a few more months and I'm already salivating for book two! *Sigh* The wait begins...