When I first started reading this book, I was a little disappointed - but only because Darling and Zarya are together at the beginning. I thought to myself, 'Well, how are the other four hundred pages going to go if they're already sweet on each other?' How wrong I was! I won't give anything away, but the plot is incredibly twisty and turn-y. Trust me, don't think this is your average love story.
This story still had me thinking about it today, and I finished it yesterday. It is full of pain, full of love, and full of friendship - the kind that has you tearing up every fifty pages or so. I really felt for Darling and Zarya, and especially Maris. It has the same impact upon your soul as Acheron, if you've read that.
The only criticism I have - and it made no difference to my enjoyment of the book - was that it sometimes felt like anecdote on top of anecdote. Stories of Darling's suffering and Maris' are very thick in the pages, and sometimes felt like it was a lot of backstory instead of action. But, like I said, it didn't detract from the power and gorgeousness of the story for me.
In my opinion, it is a story with depth, as opposed to a shallow one track romance, like I thought it would be in the beginning. I do not regret reading it at all, and would happily sacrifice the five/six hours I spent lost to it. (I'm a fast reader; might take others a little longer, haha!)I can hardly wait for the next 'Born' book.