I loved Carey's writing so much. It's in third person and always from Loup's POV. So much detail is packed in but it's not overpowering. I got complete impressions of the characters, the town and the difficulties of being forgotten by the rest of the world.
This book is so hard to categorise. It is part fantasy, seems to appeal to the urban fantasy types and would almost be YA if it wasn't for the sex and swearing. It's also like reading Rocky in parts, what with all of the boxing and training. I think it has sci-fi elements with the whole genetic engineering thing going on. I wish that particular plot point was explored more but it may be covered in the sequel.
On top of it all, it is basically a werewolf novel without the wolf. Even Loup's name (pronounced 'Lou') is a play on loup-garou, the French for 'werewolf'.
The main characters of the orphans were well rounded. Despite the fact there are seven or so of them, they all had distinct personalities. To be honest, the vast majority of the main characters were well rounded.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I would have loved to have read more of the boxing finale, being a bit of a fan of the sport. And there were questions I would have liked answered but, again, the sequel may answer these.
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