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English \ eARC, 280 pages
Debut: May 20, 2014
Snuck from: YA Story Teller
Read: June 17-29, 2014
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 119
I really wasn't sure what to expect of this. I'm not so much into sci-fi, but the summary made me want to give this a shot, and I'm glad I did, although I hoped for more than I actually got in the end.
Taken from the summary, I thought this would revolve alot more around the little girl which everyone was seeing, but that was just the overture to make everyone interested in reading on. I have to say I really was a little disappointed that it remained at only that, but the explanation for that made perfect sense. In fact, most of the things made sense and were explained well. For me, that's the most important part about a sci-fi story.
After starting with the imagined girl as a shocker to gain the readers, the story development was rather slow. The whole first part took up about 3/4 of the book, then the last quarter had all the real action. But gaining all the insight slowly, piece by piece, and all the while adding more threads to the knot which awaited at the end, was nicely done for my tastes. However, I felt like it lacked to built up suspense and a real sense of threat. It was constantly underlying throughout the story, but if you do that, then there really needs to be a big moment to hold your breath towards the end, and that just didn't happen. I'd say it's because as soon as you know the last chess piece, the ending is fullout predictable, as nicely dramatic as it was. As out-of-place captured as the reader was at the beginning, as out-of-place released we were at the end. Sad for such a nice story which, by the way, smells of a sequel to me, and since everything in between read nicely.
As for the characters, I think I liked Joe the best, because he was the most balanced, most normal, all things considered. Ella was below average for me through the most part, and I think that's why I felt her development twist didn't really take. Beck's twist, on the other hand, was a very, very nice surprise regarding plot development. Nice move. Ring, the aweful genius, was kind of a must, as was Dodd. Really, there always has to be one of those creeps in a pack of alphas. Cliche -- on my nerves, but at least he didn't really get to play a role otherwise.
Overall, well, I think it was a good read for the most part, and it was definitively interesting -- I really liked the idea! But there would've been enough room to step away from cliches, and the ending didn't make it all up to speed.
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 3.5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 3.5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3/5