(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
This was a fairly unique idea for a book, I felt. I struggled a bit to get into the book at the start, but as the story progressed, I found it easier to understand than I’d expected.
At times, I did find it a bit difficult to picture the exact setting of the world the characters inhabited. It was completely alien to this world and I kept picturing a giant corpse lying down, which was kind of a strange mental image.
The Philosophers were kind of interesting beings which I had very little trouble picturing in my mind. I found Pell to be quite a strange character who I felt sorry for at times, but at turns really disturbed me.
There was an awful lot going on in this book, I felt. Sometimes, the characters’ actions made my head spin, particularly one specific character. I was never quite sure what to make of him.
I liked Max and Abby and how their relationship came across. I was kind of rooting for them through most of the book, even though I liked how Max formed a relationship with one of the Philosophers.
This book was quite a bit darker than I was expecting. It was really well-written, but very disturbing in parts. It did manage to surprise me in some places and even if I had trouble picturing the surroundings in my head, I could see a lot of the events involving the characters happening in my mind.
Although this book was the second in a series, I didn’t find it hard to understand what was going on. It was an entertaining read and I think I’d be interested in reading the other books in this series – at some point in the future.