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on 7 July 2014
Oooooh, this is a tricky one. I was really looking forward to reading this book and even pre-ordered it. I am a fan of Mark Tufo’s work and the news of him breaking into a different genre was great. So I finally finished the rather large book I was in the middle of and got started.

It starts off really well by introducing the main characters and the life they live. There are various clans of people and they breed people to send off to fight against each other. It initially seems as though it is too heavily influenced by The Hunger Games and Divergent scenarios but does actually evolve into its own story. So it jumped on the band wagon but only to hitch a ride a short before jumping right off again. Good.

The main story gets going quite quickly with the key characters making a discovery. This makes them wonder about what the world is and what the wars they are being bred to fight in are for. They receive some training before they are sent off, and this is where I started to get a little bit disappointed. Things just seem to happen a little too fast as though Mr Tufo couldn’t wait to get to the next bit. Before you know it one of the central characters has become something special. Then , again, before you know it a load more characters / clans have arrived and everyone is fighting or planning alliances and I was left wondering if I had just read it really fast or if it had just been very brief. Then the story telling starts to slow down to a more sensible pace. The action is great, the characters build up at a reasonable rate and the whole thing becomes much easier to read.

That may make it sound like I didn’t like the book. I did like it though. The characters interact in a similar style to Mr Tufo’s previous work and it looks like people will appear and disappear in a similar way too. I’ve given this three stars instead of four purely because of the occasional sections that just seem rushed. I will still read the next books in the series but hopefully they won’t suffer the same problems. Fingers crossed because as a story it looks very promising.
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