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“Very disappointing. Firstly, there's the way in which the two main characters were completely clueless that their government had been taken over by evil dictators. Apparently, their parents were unaware of this, too, despite the fact that their children are in grave danger because of this new government.
In addition to this, the speaking parts of characters is very cliched and... just bad. For example, when a character who is dragging the main characters out of their home notes that a book is empty, the captured brother replies with, "So's your social calendar." Not only did this make me grimace, but the sister thinks this response is comical, though it's not really the time for comedy. There are several more examples of this throughout the text. These kind of responses really took me out of the story, as they weren't believable responses. These kids are being told they're sentenced to death and they're making corny jokes.
The short chapters really got on my nerves. They were unnecessary and disruptive to the story, especially as the narrative would sometimes not even change character perspectives. The author writes introductions and endings to each chapter, though two or three chapters would be telling about the exact same event and only be about 1.5-2 pages long. It almost began to seem like a ploy to make the book longer.
In all honesty, it was kind of like reading a book that was aimed for children. If it had been aimed more at the "Percy Jackson" age group, I probably wouldn't have had such a problem with it; I would have expected it. However, it's supposed to be for young adults. If the book had not been bound in the way it is (obviously showing it to be for young adults), I would have thought it to be for a much younger age group.”
Rin wrote this review Saturday, April 14, 2012.