Wow, this book is dystopian, fantasy fiction at its best. I was completely absorbed in these complex, unique characters from page one. We begin in a desolate land where a group of unrelated strangers have been forced to form a family to survive. We know that they have been tasked with keeping each other alive and that they are searching for something. Then we flip to the US, modern times with a teenage girl who is experiencing unusual visions. It’s not clear at first how these two stories fit together but the journey to that reveal is utterly amazing.
Both stories experience a ton of strife both from the environment, their peers and from monsters trying to destroy them. There are moments that are hard to watch, moments of triumph and both the good and bad of human relationships. The writing is so vivid and evocative that I was there beside them every moment, feeling the thirst and the pain and rallying to survive and solve the puzzle. You won’t always know what’s going on but enjoy the journey, it does come together.
If you are a fan of Hunger Games where strong, complex characters are put in unusual and dangerous situations in pursuit of winning a game that may cost them their lives, definitely check this one out. It’s a gorgeous tome of fantasy, I love a chonky book and this one is fascinating on every page of the 600. We do get a satisfying ending although as it’s a series not every detail is answered but I was happy with it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Thanks to Blackstone Publishing for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
I loved this one so much I went on to purchase the amazing copy with the sprayed edges from Goldsboro Books. Are there any recent books you purchased multiple copies of?