Starting this book, I thought it would be a typical YA Dystopian SciFi story, and I was happy enough with that. But every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took a swerve and headed in a new direction. I was NEVER bored with this book, and there were so many twists that the plot pulled me in and kept me reading. The characters are great too, and I was impressed with the author’s ability to stay so focused on showing us everything going on in Jo’s mind.
And about Jo. I imagine a lot of readers will find her difficult to empathize with after a while – she is not at all a pure, good hero. But Jo’s transformation from average SciFi teen to…everything else she becomes was, for me, the best part of the story. This is about Jo fighting her demons. About surviving. About finding redemption. I felt like her reactions to everything she goes through as the world falls apart were absolutely natural and believable. I also loved how important art was to her sanity and how it added depth to the story.
It’s hard to avoid spoilers and say anything else about the story, but I will say – HOLY CRAP the ending. I very much look forward to reading what’s going on in the next book.
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