This was a YALC purchase for me, and I do not regret it. Billed as Mad Max meets Divergent, this book did not disappoint.
Admittedly, I am a sucker for dystopian, especially YA dystopian trilogies, so this was already off to a good start. It did however pleasantly surprise me, the new take on the genre’s tropes was refreshing. Our protagonist has no fear of being ostracised by the organised groups in her society, as she is already a lone wolf. It was also nice to see a female protagonist who was already a fearsome warrior and does not need a lot of training, with a comparison to her loving hero of a boyfriend.
Speaking of the love interest, I couldn’t help feeling that he was a little flat. His main point of endearment was that he was a decent person who helps Phoenix through her nightmares but does not seem to have much personality beyond that. I felt annoyed that we never got to see the two fall in love, he was introduced and then they were together.
I did, however, think that the portrayal of Mouse, a mute child, was well done. Her signing was described in the same way as any spoken word from other characters, and she was not treated any differently by any of the characters for her disability.
I look forward to reading the next book.