The premise was very interesting and I love thrillers, YA and anything extraordinary, so this book felt like it should be right up my alley. It wastes no time getting straight to the point and I was happy to suspend my disbelief regarding how Briana survived the boating accident. I liked Kyle - he was likeable and I felt like he could potentially be an interesting character - a relatively typical but lovable hero who's loyal to those he loves. However, the other characters were all very thin and the fits of rage Kyle's dad as well as "Brawns" go through feel unbelievable to me - very extreme reactions with little build-up or sense, really. The same pretty much goes for Briana and her fits of euphoria. The author Mike Wells doesn't make it a secret that this was one of his first ever books he'd published, and the truth is I'm sorry to say it shows. As this was marketed as "Book 1", I was not expecting a cliffhanger ending - this was a negative to me. I was surprised by how short it was and did not feel this warranted being labelled as an entire "book".
Having said all of this, the writing itself was clean and readable - I was not bored at any point and the story was interesting. I think if I were a teenager, this book would have satisfied me without many issues. However, I read it as an adult who loves YA and as such, while I forgive the simpler writing, I do still wish for more depth such as can be found in Hunger Games or Fault in Our Stars (both of which I adored). I'm glad I read the book, but I'm not sure that I would pay for the next one. If it were a free installment, I would read it because the story does interest me.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1642 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Publisher: Free Downloads of Audio Books Like Rowling, King, Steel, Roth, Orwell, Atwood, Bradbury Publishing Company (18 January 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RVZBFW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 123 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,606,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)