I feel like I was deceived before even opening this book.
I was reassured that this book is dark, very dark,
and I was excited to read a YA novel that isn't afraid to test the
boundaries of creepy, scary and evil. It's one of the reasons I can
really appreciate Kresley Cole's YA novels. I like dark things because
they show the nature of reality. I've been told often that I'm an
idealist, but that's only partly true. I like to consider myself an idealistic realist which I am positively, kind of sure, might be a real thing.
being said, this book really isn't very dark at all. Part of my
disappointing reading experience lies with me: I was just too excited
for this dark and disturbing world that Bracken created. But I didn't
find it dark. I didn't find it disturbing. I found her world to be implausible and riddled with inaccuracies.
not a psychologist by any means, but I am reasonably sure that if you
separate children from each other based on their sex then when they
finally live co-ed again there is going to be a decent amount of sexual
awakening, awkwardness and inappropriate come-ons. There was none of
this. I really think that Bracken missed out by not exploring the
sexual side more. She could have made that part really dark and disturbing,
but, other than a brief moment of intimidation in the beginning, the
kids get over their meeting very fast... and fall in love even faster.
was trying to let Ruby and Liam's relationship slide because they had
been barred from the opposite sex for so long, but the more I thought
about it, the more the relationship seemed impossible. I could easily
believe Liam capable of falling in love with someone in two weeks. He's
a perfect setup: positive, idealistic, good natured, laid-back... But
Ruby is a different story. She is reserved and wary. Of course, these
traits are due to her traumatic past, but they are still traits she possesses and I did not believe that she lost her inherent wariness of people in two weeks over a boy.
was a big problem with the government in this novel. People protect
their young. It is an instinctual trait that we all share. No "normal"
and "sane" person wants to see a child get hurt. I cannot fathom an
entire world turning on their children because they have turned into
"monsters". I can believe the rehab part of it, but not the torture
chamber aspects. It just doesn't make any sense and the more I think
about it, the more I feel like it was just a hodgepodge of "what-if"
scenarios thrown together to create another YA dystopia. This would've been more believable if only a section of the children had "problems," but basically all children were there. So, we're going to torture an entire generation?
this two stars because the ending flew by for me, which means there is a
lot of good-storytelling abilities. Personally, I will not be picking
up the sequel, but I hope that others have a better reading experience than
I did. You may enjoy this if: you're looking for a quick read, you
love sensitive and kind heroes, and/or you love reading about road