Note: This is a spoiler free review!
This blurb immediately had my attention. Short, sweet and hooked. Along with the fact, that the bookish community loved this book!
The beginning of the book was crammed with telling me stuff, I remember thinking, “I hope it isn’t like this all the time.”
Thankfully, it wasn’t. The book got into its rhythm and showed instead of told me. I liked the switches of POV between the main characters. Although, I’d preferred more in Melanie’s POV because I believed her to be the MAIN character.
The sciencey bits went over my head and some of the words choices were unnecessarily complicated.
This book is labelled as a thriller all over the book, but it didn’t read that way to me. It’s a familiar post-apocalyptic plot, told differently. I kind of wanted it to delve further into what was presented at the beginning and tension from the beginning dwindled away by the middle.
This is most definitely a stand alone, it’s all wrapped up by the end, and it seems unlikely of a sequel, but there are a few plot threads I wanted to learn more about. The ending was excellent though.
The characters are the best thing about the novel. They are incredibly well-rounded. A few started almost like ‘cliche’ characters, but were revealed not to be. (Their story arcs were predictable though.)
By far, my favourite character was Parks.
*Sigh* Me and Standalone’s have a love/hate relationship. I wanted MOAR. But, I find standalone’s always tell a story in a unique way with a message that always has me quiet and thinking when I finished it.
I was disappointed that a few things were never addressed or used after being introduced, but I enjoyed the plot, the ending and the characters.
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? Yes
Would I read this Author again? Yes