I went into reading this expecting something totally different than what I got, but in a really good way! It took me a few pages to get into, but once I got to that point, there was no turning back. It grabbed my attention and I was in for a great ride!
First of all, the world that was described seemed pretty legitimate and realistic. Sometimes dystopians can get a little far-fetched, and that’s OK, but this society was basically ours with genetically altered people living in walled cities. The technology was advanced, but not far-fetched and described well enough that I could imagine it being right here in front of me.
Besides the world that they lived in, the main characters (Zoe and Noah) were easy to like and understand. They were written in just the right way that I wanted to be friends with them. I understood what made each of them who they are, and I could follow their ways of thinking to get them into and out of situations. The first part of the book is told from Zoe’s point-of-view, and then it switches to Noah at a very important place, which irritated me a little bit at first but then made perfect sense after I read a ways.
What I loved most is the way this story made me think. About science, our society, about what technology we could have and whether I’d like that or not. I was surprised at how much I felt about it. Even though I’ve read many dystopian novels with robots, androids, and even other types of genetically altered humans, none of them have made me think as much as this one did.
The only part that I didn’t like about the whole book was the ending. It seemed forced a little bit, like there needed to be a cut-off point until the next book in the series, and it didn’t really work for me. It definitely won’t stop me from reading the next book in the series, Volition, though! I’m excited to read it and the next two books, and believe that this will be an author for me to watch in the future!