(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought this book was a really intriguing read. Although there was something of a love triangle in this book, I really liked the fact that Em, Zach and Rogue had a really close relationship… even though Zach and Rogue clearly both had crushes on Em.
I was a bit disappointed that Em had such a bad relationship with her parents and older sister, since I felt that was far too cliched. I really liked Em’s relationship with her little sister… and also with Tutu. I would have liked to see more of them… especially with Tutu’s ability to see and communicate with ghosts.
I would have liked some more details about how the different gifts worked and related to the dream travelling abilities. I really disliked Em’s father… and her mother wasn’t much better. Dee just irritated me a lot.
I was able to empathise with Em really well, but I would have liked to see how she interacted with other people outside of the small amount I was able to see. For instance, I would have liked to see more of the Middlings. It was good to see Em interacting with Dean, but for the most part, I wasn’t sure what the differences were in the two different groups in the society… apart from the obvious difference in ability.
I thought it was good that there were obvious elements of mystery and tension throughout this book. I did think that Rogue should have told Em about what was really going on before he did… and I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that he’d been running away. I was actually surprised that Em and Zach weren’t more upset with him for how he’d left.
I did feel that the world was very condensed and felt like it was very small. While the place Em lived was very small, I was a bit disappointed not to see and learn more about the dream travelling.
I really didn’t like the president’s character, but the first one-on-one interaction he had with Em made me think of him as a wolf… which made him even more creepy.
I did find this book to be a really entertaining read and I thought it worked well as an introduction to the world. In the future, I would like to read more books in this series.