I so badly wanted to love this book. Like soooooo badly. So many of my trusted reviewer friends have rated this book highly. But I just couldn’t get into it. I think this was a case of “it’s me not you” scenario.
I’ll start with the negatives so I can end this positivity. I couldn’t bond with the characters. Like none of them. As you all may have guessed, characters make or break the book for me. The plot could be out of this world, but if the characters suck or I can’t connect to them, the book is ruined for me. And sadly, I think that is what happened here. The characters didn’t suck and I appreciated them, certainly, but I couldn’t bond with them. They just felt really dull to me. If I had to pick my favorite, I would say Helena. She was interesting to an extent. But none of them stuck out to me in a way that I would remember.
[In my goodreads review, there is a paragraph here dedicated to the ending. It’s considered a spoiler. I will link the review so if you are curious, you can go and see what it is!]
Okay, onto the positives. THE WORLD BUILDING! The world building was so great. I want to live in this world now! The medical advances? The Computer? The diversity and LGBTQIA+? All great! SEriously, the world itself was fantastic! I would read an entire book on just the world. Seriously, can E.K Johnston just write an informative guide on the world? Kay, thanks!
Overall, I just didn’t love the book. I didn’t care for the ending and I just couldn’t connect with the characters. But don’t like my negative review deter you from reading this book. This has some seriously great rep that shouldn’t’ be ignored. Honestly, you all should just go read this for yourselves!