Level 2 represented my first foray into the YA genre of novels. It was also the first book I had read from front to back in a very long time. I'm a terrible reader and not a bookworm by nature as I struggle to sit in one place long enough to thoroughly commit to enjoying a book and I'm far too OCD to only attempt to read half-heartedly.
It was always going to be a challenge therefore, to really get into this book as all of the odds were stacked up against me.
It turns out that my fears were completely unsubstantiated.
I chose to thumb open the cover of Level 2 for the first time on a train from England to Scotland. A journey I make regularly and enjoy, because I can gaze out of the window for the vast majority of the 4 hour trip and be astounded each time by the stunning and dramatic scenery of the east coast.
On this occasion, I didn't look out of the window once, as I was completely and utterly glued to Level 2.
I found the pacing of the story thrilling and was hugely impressed with how easy to follow the plotline was, even though there was so much going on. The character development was intriguing and I found myself questioning myself at various stages of the book over where my loyalties/empathies lay with regards to different characters.
Finishing the book was a little bit like waking up from a dream that you never want to wake up from so it goes without saying that I can't wait for the sequel!
Overall, a hugely addictive debut novel which I can't recommend highly enough!