One of the things that bothered me was the world building, like I mentioned above. I couldn’t get a feel for where Verity was. Des Moines was mentioned so maybe it was around Iowa? There were several states mentioned but since August didn’t pay attention to his lessons, I never did figure out why they were mentioned. I have no idea and I still don’t after finishing this book. Maybe the location could get cleaned up in the second book. Or someone can send me a map. Maps are good.
The monsters were cool and highly original. I enjoyed learning about the different types and how they were created. The Sunai were my favorite because I spent so much time with August. But even if we didn’t spend time with him, I enjoyed them. Ilsa was my most favorite and I would enjoy an entire book of just here, please and thank you. Victoria Schwab is incredibly creative with the creation of the monsters.
Speaking of August, I didn’t mind him. I appreciated how human he was and my heart broke for him and how much he just wanted to be “normal”. Kate was okay. I did like that there was rep for partial deafness. It was mentioned frequently and not forgotten about, which can happen sometimes. Both of the characters were broken in their own way and I really just wanted to give them a hug. However, I preferred the two of them together. Their banter back and forth gave me life. Honestly, they were like an old married couple and that is something I can get behind.
Overall, I enjoyed this but I didn’t love it like a lot of people did. It got better at the halfway mark, once August and Kate teamed up. But I am enjoying this world (even though I can’t figure out where it is) and the monsters were incredibly original. I can’t wait to get the next book to see Kate and August together again.