Hmm. I almost don’t want to talk about why I didn’t quite like this novel, because it might cause the same problem to others who have never read it. But at the same time, if someone is in the same boat I was…
Okay, so. Somehow, going into this novel, all I really knew about it was that it was a dystopian novel with an underlying secret akin to that of The Unit, which I loved. So I was expecting The Unit. This was a problem.
There is that plot component, yes, but it is barely hinted at throughout the book until all of that tension culminates in an interesting but very exposition-y confrontation.
What the book is actually about is friendships and other relationships — how they can get ridiculous and necessary when they last a long time, how it is difficult to break into new circles, how friends become much nicer after the passage of many years apart. The main setting is a boarding school, which of course intensifies these relationships, and even more so in light of the twist dystopia.
But unfortunately for me, I thought the twist would be untwisted far earlier, and spent too much time waiting for that. And then when I finally gave up on that and started reading the story for what it was, that’s when the twist came in, all “surprising” and whatnot and it was a little too much.
I think this is a book I’ll have to read again in the future to better appreciate it.
Recommendation: For people who understand (or want to better understand) the intricacies of friendships, and don’t mind a little dystopia along with it.
Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.