Tweet Synopsis: Lane has to venture into the Feral Zone with the help of untrustworthy Rafe and the survival of her father resting on her shoulders #brave #dystopian
Why Did I Pick It Up: This was on a whim. I don't even know why I picked it up. In fact I had to renew it twice because I never read it. But once I started ...
Favorite Character: Rafe
Suggested Age Range: 8 grade and up
Romance: BuddingThe Good: This book was a good reminder about why I stop reading books. This and many of the others I've read lately have captured my attention from the first page. Other books I struggle to connect with and when there are so many books to read, why keep reading those?
Anyway, Lane lives a comfortable life saving animals she keeps as pets and hanging out with friends - normal teen-girl activities. Until she is arrested, told her father is a criminal (but isn't he an art dealer) and given an opportunity to save him she doesn't know that she is brave and adventurous. She discovers her father's scary fairy tales are all true, there are manimals, mutated humans with animal traits and they are vicious. She partners with Rafe, who seems mostly untrustworthy and is only helping her because he owes her father. I could go on, but I'm sure you'd like to read the book yourself.
I picked up this book and finished it within 24 hours, that included going to work. Such a great, unique story!
The Bad: Everson, I know many people had a problem with Rafe being a jerk (which he totally is), but Everson drove me crazy throughout the book. He was too perfect, too comforting, too "Prince Charming" the whole time. Everything they needed, he had. Everything Lane wanted someone to say, he did. He was too much of a polar opposite from Rafe. They were light and dark, black and white, sweet and sour. It didn't to a lot for the balance of the book.
The Ugly: Dear Kat Falls - where is book 2? This book, written in 2013, leaves us at a cliffhanger. What happens. You can't leave your readers hanging like that. Please tell me there is another book coming. It is like canceling a television show when you don't know if a character is going to die - it is mean. People riot. Don't make me riot. Give us something. Sincerely - Lizz the Librarian
Who will love this book? Lovers of Dystopian fiction (Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.), readers who like strong female characters, readers who like new worlds.
How much did I like it? 9/10
Will I read more? See "The Ugly"
Bingo 2015: A book set in the future