I read about how amazing this book was and received so much positive feedback that I had to pick up this book and try it out for myself. I can’t say that this book lived up to my expectations, but I suppose that’s just because I had set the bar too high. It was a pretty good book, but not a great book (at least to my standards).
My Rating: 7.7 out of 10
Brief Summary: There are six teenagers who are given the task to retrieve a drug maker from a high security prison.
My Thoughts: As I previously mentioned, this book was not a great book as I was told. It was an ordinary fantasy genre book with a relatively ordinary plot.
The story was set in a world which had these people called Grisha, and they had special powers that controlled certain things. I think that there was a previous series that was already set in this world, so in the beginning there was a lot of information thrown at you that you didn’t understand.
As stories go, the rest of the story explained it, but I still felt like I didn’t get the full picture of the world, and I suppose that it was fully explained in the previous series, which I haven’t read.
About the point of view, I was really disappointed. In the very beginning, we went into the POV of Joost, who never again appeared in the story. He was just another person who had no real relation to the plot, but was just there because he witnessed something important happen.
Throughout the whole beginning, I was expecting this Joost guy to appear later, but he never did. I mean, if you’re gonna give the POV to a character, at least integrate him into the plot line.
Also, I was disappointed because Wylan, one of the six main characters, did not get a POV like all of the other five main characters. If you’re going to give the main characters each a chapter dedicated to their thoughts, at least be consistent and include all of them, instead of leaving out one.
Now moving on to the character profiles, I would first like to ask the author, why would you make the main characters a bunch of 16,17, and 18 year olds? I don’t know if this was an act to relate to the target audience of the book, but it was really unsatisfactory.
I mean, we have a 17 year old who moved from some far away nation, supposedly attending a university, is good at shooting people, and is hopelessly addicted to gambling? (Jesper)
We also have a 17 year old kid who is the leader of an actual gang which owns a gambling house and an inn. (Kaz) All I want to say is, why does every one of the main characters have to be a teenager? It would be much more satisfactory to me if there were a couple of adults who actually had the experience to pull of the stunt which these kids did in the book.
But I liked the variation of the main characters. There was a good balance in the character personalities and such. But one thing that I personally didn’t like was that the six main characters were perfectly matched into couples. I don’t know what other people think, but I for some reason didn’t enjoy that.
I have complaints about some of the things that happened in the book. Some things were not quite explained very well, and I just flowed from one scene to the next. Such as the time when Inej somehow jumped out of the window, slid down a rope, jumped into a tank, and somehow got it operating, shot the window, and blew it up all before her friends in there were killed. It just wasn’t a satisfactory flow of events.
Aside from all of this, the plot line was pretty okay, although it might have been a little cliche. The maker of the drug had to be rescued before enough information could be pulled out of him which would have started a war.
The plot twist at the end was also pretty good, if not a little bit expected. Overall, it concluded the book pretty well, while still being able to persuade the readers to read the next book.
Overall, the book was okay in most aspects. There wasn’t enough action/things that caught my attention throughout the story, so I got bored as I read parts of the book. It was just another genre book, and I’m not really sure I’ll recommend the book.
Anyways, thanks for reading.