Favourite Quote: Ã?Â¢??Now heÃ?Â¢??s down to this: pretending. Pretending to be the brother who swung a right hook in my honor. Pretending to be the son who danced a jig in the end zone that his dad taught him. HeÃ?Â¢??s still the guy who isnÃ?Â¢??t afraid to write more than his name in a greeting card. Still the guy who loves redbrick buildings and cars that growl and Cheez Whiz sprayed straight from the can into his open mouth.Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¨He is still my brother.Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¨He is not my brother at all.Ã?Â¢??
After hearing mixed reviews about this book, I was hesitant going into it. The first half was okay for me but thankfully the second half really picked up and I started getting really into the book! A solid 4/5 stars from me!
Since this was a dystopian, letÃ?Â¢??s start with the plot and the world. I have to admit, at several points during this book, I was reminded vaguely of the Hunger Games! The competition, competitors, the deaths, the surivial etc were similar ideas to the Hunger Games but thankfully in many other ways, this story is unique and interesting! The world building wasnÃ?Â¢??t that great, we only got a few details here and there but hopefully that will change in the next book and weÃ?Â¢??ll get more answers! The completion itself was interesting and IÃ?Â¢??m glad we only saw the first two stages of the competition as I feel that everything would have been rushed and bland if the author had done the whole competition in one book! The pace of the book was fast, mostly due to the action scenes that were on every few pages. There werenÃ?Â¢??t many twists and turns in my opinion with the exceptional of one that I just never saw coming! I wonÃ?Â¢??t spoil anything but when the twist was out, the action-packed pages afterwards were just brilliant! The end of the book didnÃ?Â¢??t leave on a cliffhanger but interesting enough that IÃ?Â¢??m looking forward to the next book!
As for the characters, in all honesty, Tella was one of my least favourite heroines ever. In fact I think sheÃ?Â¢??s definitely my least favourite dystopian heroine. She was ridiculously vain (seriously in a competition for survival and all she was worried about was her lack of make-up and her short hair!), I donÃ?Â¢??t think she took the competition serious enough, at times she was caught up with her vanity and her crush! However she did have some redeeming qualities, I loved her deep connection with her Pandora and how she defended the other pandoraÃ?Â¢??s and at times she was strong and confident! A thing I did love about this book was the pandoraÃ?Â¢??s! They were amazing! Each had their own personality and I loved them all, I was cringing when some of them were being mistreated! And Maddox, he was my favourite fictional Ã?Â¢??petÃ?Â¢?? ever. Enough said. As for the other human characters, I did really like Guy. He was mysterious, strong and capable leader though he did have his flaws, both physical and emotionally but that just made me like him even more! I also liked Harper, Jaxon and Olivia! There were also some horrendous villains that added something extra to the book!
Overall, I really did enjoy this book and would recommend to dystopian lovers and anyone who wants a quick, action-packed read!show more