(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I found this book to be a really intriguing storyline. It was really interesting to see the breakdown in Darrow’s original commitments. I actually find that to be really interesting – the leader of the so-called resistance basically becoming what they’re fighting against. It was intriguing to see how Darrow started off with all these tenets that then started falling by the wayside.
I liked Billy as a character and I also really liked the relationships he formed with the other characters. I particularly liked Jacob and Tommy, who I felt stuck true to their morals and ethics through a lot of the book.
I was somewhat confused by what time period this book was set in. It seemed dystopian, but there were a lot of references to modern-day television shows. Having reached the end of the book, I now think I understand better… but there were still a few moments of confusion throughout.
There were some really good descriptive scenes in this book, especially the scene with Darrow and the rat… which really struck a chord with me. There were also the scenes with the little girls, the first of which was really sweet, while the second was really disturbing.
There were certain chapters written in present tense, which did throw me somewhat out of the story. I think all of those, bar the final chapter, were somewhat unnecessary.
There was something revealed at the end which did make me view the storyline in a completely different light. However, not everything makes sense with that revelation and there were still some unanswered questions I had even by the end.
I probably would eventually read a sequel to this book. It would be interesting to read it with the revelation in mind and see how different things are with that knowledge.