I don't know how to feel about this book. It had a good message and the topic is super important. But there was something off-putting about Starr and her attitude. I have an attitude, too, but I don't go around bottling and exploding on others. If she would have just told her classmates what happened, a lot of drama could have been avoided. But she just bottled and overflowed. Not cool. I also feel like she had a touch of PTSD.
Also, stop talking about Tumbler. Omg.
A good book but I don't think it's as amazing as so many say it is.
I am just going to admit defeat. This book is so dull it's making me dread it. The characters are much more likeable than in Uprooted. But I still don't like them. So I just sold the book to Half Price while I was there this weekend and I'm returning the audiobook. I'm giving up on Novik. While the worlds are unique, everything else is just no. Dense, wordy, boring. At times, down right stupid. Next.
This was almost as good as the first. My only complaint is the repetition of facts we already know. Probably 3 times, we are reminded about thermoclines, several times we are told the same facts about the Mariana Tench, and then constantly about the accident that happened in Meg Origins. Constantly. We get it. We know all this.
There's also the exposition thing. It found some sort of lazy ways to explain things, and it goes way over the top. We even have a villain monologue that explained his entire plot.
But besides this, I really enjoyed the fast paced plot. Poor Jonas is going to be in therapy for the rest of his life.
First, I would like to say I am glad I had someone read this to me, because some of these names, locations and titles were incomprehensible to me.
Now, as for the story, I loved the imagery. The vibrant world and history. But I found this plot wordy and dense. And when it was over, I was also left with a whole lot of unanswered questions. It seemed the plot meandered and snaked, which wouldn't normally be bad. But in this case, I felt like sometimes it forgot what it was trying to convey.
The characters were at least varied. We had the leading man, the womanizing secretly gay prince, the uptight warrior, the political king, the snobby princess. This book covered the whole gamete.
If there is a second in this series, I don't know if I will bother with it.
Edit: This is a trilogy. The second is called The Kingdom of Copper, and from the blurb I'm not interested much at all.