I didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, but then as I got into it I sort of have split feelings on it. The story itself was different and despite the lack of in-depth explanations, I somehow knew we were in a futuristic setting. There’s only one place in the entire book where this is confirmed when it gives a date (2060 or so), nor how society got to where it is, but I don’t think an explanation is really necessary.
Some of the strengths I found: despite the danger, Rosie wanted to keep pressing forward to figure out what was going on with the school. For a fifteen year old, that takes guts. Then again, that’s what we expect of our heroines. I liked the idea of dream mining and dream seeding, and the potential for healing that it offered. Some of the explanations of how the seeding could help heal broken minds was wonderful. And the ending…yeah, it’s clearly leading to a second book, but…gaaaah. Gave me the major heebie-jeebies because it would be one of my worst nightmares. And that’s all I’m going to say on the matter. I enjoyed the major potential love interest Linus for the most part, though I preferred her school mate (who’s name escapes me) as a potential match for her.
Weaknesses: There’s not a lot of character development. Secondary characters came off a bit flat and uninteresting. The main villain, in the gloating scene, I practically expected him to twirl a mustache and cackle maniacally. And the ending…yes, I said this was a strength, but it’s also a weakness. I like some sense of resolution generally (if not for the series plot, at least for the story plot) and this book definitely didn’t have that. I feel like we are cut off at the half-way point, and that’s not how a book should end (in my opinion).
So – I’d read it, but be aware it may leave you hanging in a not-good way. 3 gargoyles for me!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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