(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I did feel that this book was quite an intriguing one. I was a bit confused with how all the characters fit together at first, but as the book went on, I did find the connections easier to understand.
I was a bit confused, at first, as to how Guy, Saul and Gary knew about the box in the first place. Although I didn’t feel the question was fully answered, I did learn a lot about what was going on by the end of the book.
I found it fairly easy to picture the orbs (not the correct term, but I can’t recall the exact spelling of their name) in my head. Of course, they were described as jellyfish… which made for an interesting mental image.
It was good to see the relationships between the characters, though it was disappointing to see that a couple of them didn’t really have redeeming qualities and I was disappointed that they came across as completely villainous – I always find that the best ‘bad guys’ are the ones you can see the potential for good inside.
I did like reading about the relationship and closeness between Annie and Abby. I felt the author captured that ‘in-between’ stage really well – where they’re not quite children; but not quite teenagers, either. It was good to see some of the book from their perspective and I found there to be some quite intense, on-the-edge-of-my-seat moments with them.
I liked Saul as a character, but I did find it a bit difficult to picture him in my mind. It was a little bit like that with all of them, to be honest – I couldn’t get much of a grasp on the personal appearance of many of the characters. I liked the relationship Saul had with the animals who ‘adopted’ him and I especially liked Einstein.
I didn’t much like Emily through a lot of the book, even though there was an explanation for her behaviour eventually. I liked her a bit more towards the end of the book. I didn’t like Crystal at all… but Mitch did kind of grow on me a little by the end.
I did like the different kind of abilities, but even by the end of the book, I was left with some unanswered questions. I think it would be interesting to read a sequel to this book… or a prequel, exploring the origins of the box and the orbs a bit more.
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