Hardcover, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by HarperCollins
(first published April 28th 2009)
0061662763 (ISBN13: 9780061662768)
I like it when you can read a book that is part of a series, and find that you actually have the second one in hand and the first one is currently unavlaible, and yet your still able to read it and understand it. For me this shows and represents that the author merely wants to draw her readers in, regardless of the order in which the books are read. By doing this, you get the sense that they become attracted by the novel and so they therefore want to read the first one so they can find out what occured before. It's a great selling point in my opinion, but it also shows that the series clearly has potential and will engage it's readers.
The story was adventurous and written with this huge sense of mystery within it. It was different and yet at the same time it was your normal teenagers on the rebellion sort of novel. A bunch of teenagers stuck in a situation that isn't want it appears to be on the surface, and so they decide to break out and run. Yet despite the fact that this idea may seem cliche and perhaps a little overdone, the author has still used her talent to make it a tale that is new and refreshing, so that the reader does not become bored with it. I loved the fact that it was a mixture of supernatural powers, a combination of fantasy based characters all mixing together to work together. By doing this I felt it added this bit more sense of imagination, because it meant you got to channel into different powers and senses.
What I liked was the cliche romance that was introduced and yet how it was also introduced as a sort of triangle that made you wonder who was it that was meant to be together in the end. The ending was well done and left you wanting more. It was an addictive book and I was just not able to put it down. I think in many ways the author has wanted to attract her young adult generation but also her adult generation, and so she has tried to make the book simplistic, but also alive and engaging. I would certainly read this over and over again and I am now highly intrigued to read the rest of the series. a top rating from me!