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good effort, but could have been so much more
on 20 July 2015
Now, it may be that I'm not a YA, but an old crusty that I really didn't get into this. Love Midnight Mayor, Darker Shade of Magic, Felix Castor etc, but this left me cold.
The scene setting was okay, but I really struggled to believe in any of the main characters. The whole premise was to me too simplistic and the way in which Beth and Pen, not to mention Beth's dad, were drawn into the story and accepted their various fates really didn't ring true.
I've seen the city used in far more creative ways, which is a pity as there were some good ideas hidden in the story structure.
A good effort on the whole, but not one that I really engaged with. So, I won't be getting the remaining two books.