My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Published: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Action (I guess)
The world is confusing: the more I read, the less I understand. The characters are bland: the more I struggle to picture them, the less invested I am. The premise promises but never before have I wished to chop a premise’s head off as much as right now. The writing is beautiful, so it has that going for itself, but I’m not as shallow as I used to be and so will not finish this book by consuming the purple prose alone. I need to CONNECT. If you can’t make me connect, you’ve failed in my eyes. Sorry not sorry.
The problem is that whenever there is a lack of meaningful development, whatever elements are actually included matter little. For instance, there are indeed diverse characters, but because I have found impossible imagining myself becoming friends (or even enemies) with any of the heroes/antiheroes, I cannot for the life of me think of one thing that makes these ‘‘diverse’’ characters memorable. We are introduced to too many, too soon. If the author had taken her time bringing the cast together, I believe she could have breathed more life into them and I would have been able to distinguish them better.
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