My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since I wasn’t able to get to my computer all day, I was able to finish up this book.
I obviously am still on a dystopian kick and I don’t mind at all. I found this to be intriguing and exciting, filled with lots of drama. I can’t say that I understand truly what these characters are going through, but there are elements that I feel people can relate to, that being of the emotions and reactions of the characters, being from different standards/class/upbringing than others, being distanced from others for your abilities or way of thinking.
Of course, that’s usually the point of all these dystopian books anyway, right?
I actually liked Aria. I don’t know why, but I find it hard to relate to some of the female characters in books, even those whom are protagonists. Sometimes they are too whiny, too unfeeling, or even too feeling, or just too clueless for me to appreciate.
Interestingly enough, the author wrote Aria in a way that I didn’t find annoying at all. In the world she was brought up in, I was able to empathize with her. I think there was only one time in the book where I found her to be just a bit too… sappy.
Then there’s Peregrine. The male protagonist, I admit, always get to me a lot easier than the female ones. That’s probably a given considering who I am (female, heterosexual, romantic). Perry is definitely not perfect. He’s stubborn, much too confident in himself, and well, a bit too self-pitying. However, he is good. He’s someone you’d want on your side. And if he cares about you, you can be sure he’ll do his best to take care of you.
As with another YA dystopian book that let’s you observe opposing factions from their perspective, there’s a lot to see, and I can’t say whether one is better than the other. Both sides deal with natural and unnatural forces, but it seems obvious that the author wants us to prefer one side over the other even if we might not agree with either on all the things that they do.
Of course, the adventure to how things turn out in the end really make this an exciting book. Aria and Perry learn a lot from each other and about each other, although, sometimes it seems a little too quickly how those changes occur. Or maybe it just seems that way because the book is such a fast read.
The side characters were also engaging. There’s Roar, who has his own story that hopefully we’ll read more about in the next book(s). There’s Talon, a boy who’s found happiness in an unlikely place. And then there’s Cinder, who I’m sure we’ll get to know more about in the next book(s), and I can’t wait!
All in all, this book pretty much got me from the very start and I’m excited to see how things progress, as there’s still a lot of questions to answer.