- The suspense and pace. From the first page, this book grabs you and doesn't let go. This book had one of the best first chapters I've read in a long time, and the billion questions it raises are only built upon more and more as the story continues. This kept me turning pages as quickly as possible--there was never a dull moment. I found myself constantly worried for all the characters, wondering what the hell was going to happen. This was definitely a story where I couldn't clearly predict how the story would end, which I love!
- The confusion. Initially, the characters reference people, places, and events that aren't fully explained, leaving the reader feeling disoriented and out of touch. Oddly enough, I really enjoyed this feeling, and I felt like it facilitated the fast pace and suspense that helped to make this book so unbelievably addictive.
- The lack of a true villain. The way this story is constructed, the good guys and the bad guys are in fact the same people, regardless of which way you look at it or whose side you're on. I felt like this was really unique and gave the story an added layer of complexity.
- The lack of character development. I really really loved this book, but at the same time I feel like the characters weren't as fleshed out as I would have liked. We're given facts about them and mini-flashbacks, but because the story is so plot-driven, we don't ever get a really good sense of who they are. When I was done reading, I didn't feel like I had really gotten to know any of them, Finn in particular.
4.5/5 - My gosh I loved this book. It was clever, suspenseful, fast-paced, and high addictive. The fact that there was no real "bad guy" since it was really more a struggled between past and present was unique and interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good, fast-paced, suspenseful read, keeping in mind that this is a plot-driven story and the character development is not the best.
Thank you to Netgalley.com and Disney Book Group for allowing me to review this book! Review copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.