My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action, Romance, Friendship
Part of me wants to give this book two stars because, looking back, I’m not sure I completely understood everything that happened and why. Another reason is that the characters’ ‘‘voices’’ all sounded the same so even if the narrator was announced at the beginning of a chapter I still needed to think hard at times to remember whose point of view I was reading.
But then I think of my reading experience and I remember that I actually genuinely had fun with this book. There is an interesting cast of characters—not fully developed but with quirky personality traits. I really enjoyed the bantering and their interactions with each other. They took their own world and missions seriously enough to put effort into them, but not too seriously that they weren’t able to have fun with each other.
Another clue that I liked this story is the fact that I finished this almost-500-hundred-page book in two days and that rarely happens for me if the book is not fast-paced and exciting. But I found the plot, action and conversation here quite engaging even if the plot lacked clarity at times and the characters could have been more dimensional. It’s definitely not as exciting as The Illuminae Files but this author pair still kicks ass and knows what teens want to read about. I’m rather curious about book 2.
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