Good start to the series. I found it took some time for me to get into it fully, and I nearly swapped for another book at one point, but I'm glad I persisted. The last chapter definitely put everything into perspective and I'm interested in reading the next one soon. Please do heed thr language warning - there is definitely an overload of swearing and generally foul language which could be a turn off (and unsuitable for younger readers).
Well this was not what I expected when I first started reading. In fact, I actually looked back at the cover to see if I had opened the right book. I was pleasantly surprised however, as the story unfolded. The story gradually started to take shape and started to resemble something more to what I had come to expect in fantasy fiction or young Adult. The concept of recruiting people and transporting them into a scenario where survival is the most important item on the agenda is not a new one. In this case, however, it was done in a refreshing way. The story was fast paced and full of surprises at every turn. There was enough intrigue and suspense to keep me turning pages throughout. I will be turning the pages of book two before the day is out.
The story felt familiar, 'hunger games', meets 'heroes', meets 'Sooky Stack House'. I'm interested in where this story is heading as it felt like the beginning of something much more interesting. I liked the twist at the end. I'm hoping we will find out more about the backgrounds of the street kids. An enjoyable read and yes I'll be reading the other books next.
An interesting collection of characters. I definitely wasn't expecting the story I got, which is a happy circumstance. I think it was sitting on my Kindle for at least a year prior to me checking it out, mainly because I assumed it was going to be fairies tip-toeing around my garden. (There's no synopsis at the beginning and I'm not connected to wifi for a quick check). But it certainly isn't. At all. It's dark and gritty, realistic and violent at times with enough humour to maintain a balance. I just wish the MC wasn't such an excessive and continual potty-mouth. There is such as too much of a good thing, or not so good in this instance. If the swearing was kept to the moments when it was really necessary for emphasis it would be a definite improvement. It must have been excessive for me to notice because swearing doesn't bother me much. Jayne's swearing was plain grating at times and actually impeded the flow of the story rather than adding anything to it. Rather irritated at the ending, or rather non- ending as the story just stops. A seemingly random choppage so that one must complete(?) or at least continue the story in Book 2. Obviously I have purchased the second book because, in spite of my annoyance at the ending, it was too well written and intriguing not to continue. Highly recommend as long as you are ready to get the next book to continue the story!
I was drawn into the story from the first page and before I knew it I had finished the whole book. The concept was intriguing and the adventure in the story was maintained throughout. I recommend this for YA and older.