First off, I love these covers! What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, then of course the description. I am always looking for new dystopian reads. That being said, this book reminded me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Not saying that’s a bad thing. And this book wasn’t an exact copy. But the main themes were definitely very similar. Whether the rest of the series is going to follow the Divergent series or not, I don’t know.
As for the book, I really enjoyed the premise. Where there are similarities to Divergent, this book is also very different. The characters follow their own paths and I liked the way it went. I thought it was just a bit slow in the beginning because it’s the first book in this new dystopian world. So, naturally, a lot of ground had to be laid. I won’t say it was boring. I didn’t struggle through this book at all. 396 pages seemed to fly by like nothing. And it definitely satisfied my dystopian craving.
The characters worked really well together. I felt like there was a good balance between them. Relationships came naturally. They didn’t seem forced. They weren’t always good relationships but they all seemed to make sense. In that part, I really liked the idea of the Pairing (each School Leaver being paired – basically an arranged marriage – with another School Leaver). That part, of course, reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. If you’re looking for a great dystopian read, I would definitely recommend it. I’m intrigued to see where the series leads. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check it out on Amazon! I’m off to start book 2!