Top critical review
Great premise, the world building is interesting and well done but the main character, Jade, rather let this book down.
19 January 2018
She's annoying, entitled, undisciplined and, until almost the end of the book, makes the dumbest decisions possible. The other characters were pretty well done, but were somewhat overshadowed by Jade's rampant idiocy and apparent total lack of common sense.
Placing Jade into a military structure and then having her ignore every single rule and just doing as she pleased was grating and quite beggared belief and only succeeded in throwing me out of the story.
The Portals and inter-world trade and travel has massive potential and if young Jade was less dumbed-down and the plot not almost entirely propelled by her lack of critical thinking and ill-considered decision making this could have been a quite compelling read. As it is, I just got crankier with each new dodo decision that Jade made. She does finally show both some backbone and intelligent choices in the closing stages of the book, it's just a shame that it didn't happen a little earlier.
I received an e-ARC and voluntarily wrote a review.