When deciding to read this book I wasn't expecting much, I had never read a book by this author before and I usually find it hard to grasp an author's style of writing at first. However from the first page you feel a sense of mystery and suspense and I was engrossed in the story already.
Alice is a character everyone will be able to connect with, she feels like a social outsider just trying to climb the rails to reach popularity but in a subtle way that you can connect with. Throughout the book I was so sympathetic with Alice, she felt like she was facing the world on her own and it's a case of what is right and what is wrong, Alice is still figuring that out as she treasures secrets which are killing her inside. Clarke manages to include lots of characters that have an element of mystery to them, she describes the characters so well throughout the book I felt a connection to all of them and although their choices were not always clear that is what made the story so engaging and exciting.
There is defiantly an element of all kinds of genre's in here. I felt a really 'Horror book' kind of aspect just from the way events were described and the way my heart was pounding throughout, dreading what would happen on the next page! however there is an element of forbidden romance in the book which makes it appealing to all types of readers, there is also some cleverly written humour.
The way the story was paced worked really well and the structure was fantastic, there is a cliff hanger at the end of almost every chapter which persuades you to read on. When reading I thought this was going to be a very predictable book. However the story has the ability of change in just a matter of words and leads to suspense.
The title is a great summery for the whole book which you can't really understand until the end. The title is basically the summery of Alice choosing between what she feels is right and wrong and she is torn over which to pick. The ending was fantastic and left the element of mystery. The ending was a little predictable but the way the book was written throughout through you off course leading to a perfectly written ending.
I would highly recommend this book for teenagers. I am 15 and I thoroughly enjoyed this book although I would recommend it for 14+ as some content might be slightly disturbing for younger readers. This book is most defiantly not for the faint hearted and it will leave you thinking even after the turn of the last page.
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