My Rating: 3.5 Stars
This book was definitely action packed! While a great read, I do feel the need to start off my review with a mention that there was some material that I personally would not find suitable for a younger audience. This is definitely an adult novel and I wouldn’t recommend it be read by the YA or younger age range.
That being said, this was a well written suspense novel and will catch your interest if you pleasure in reading that sort of thing. If you also have an interest in modern issues in the middle east, this book will be right up your alley. I found a lot of her descriptions of these countries incredibly vivid, just from the smallest moment that we met some outlying characters who reside in the countries that the main team traveled to.
The characterization of the main characters was well done and I found it easy to get into their heads and the motivations for each were well defined. I read it quite quickly which also says a lot as these days it can take me upwards of a month to get through an entire novel.
I did find a few issues with the book and will try to be as brief as possible. Not every book is for everyone, so I do know that this just may not have been my cup of tea. I love Kendig’s writing style and absolutely love other works by this author.
When Viorica falls physically for the main character, it felt rather out of place. This woman had been sexually abused nearly her entire life, so to have a man who you had only known for 24 ish hours kiss you, I feel like her reaction would have been one of repulsion and fear since she had no reference for being touched in that way out of any other context than pain and fear. It felt a little incongruous to her character to have the physical attraction be so strong right away for her.
The other thing I struggled with was Runt’s strange “powers”? I honestly don’t know how else to describe them and while this was done intentionally as Runt himself does not remember how he received his special differences, I was incredibly lost throughout the story. This may not be an issue as this is the first book of a series, so it may be explained later.
Content: Quite a few references to being raped, murders, quite a bit of violence and other sexual references, usually in relation to abuse. Mentions of infidelity and sex. Recommended for ages 18+.
I received a copy of this book for promotional purposes. The thoughts in this review are entirely my own opinion.