Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.
This book was a solid five stars until the very end, which felt too rushed and ended on too much of a... not even a cliffhanger, just a flat, open-ended note. Which is a shame, because I feel that Ms. Roth has done something that few other YA authors have, and that's use tropes of the genre and make them genuine, tap into a very real reaction by the main character, that makes her feel vulnerable, real, strong. The use of a utopia, as opposed to a dystopia, makes it feel fresh as well, because rebellion isn't boiling just beneath the surface, people aren't suffering and crying out for justice. I would say that she seems to favor some factions over others and make the people from certain factions seem stereotypical, flat. I'll wait to see what she does with the other two books before I start to nitpick the other small problems I had with the storyline.