As a relatively new and little known author, Ms Dekker's books - this volume and its previous volume The Choosing - leave the reader now waiting in an..Show More »xious and impatient manner for the trilogy's final volume The Awakening. Those who have the audiobook version will have the pleasure of narration by Ms Morgan Hallett who is superb as always and does full justice to the material.
Whilst nominally a work of dystopian Science Fiction in the same sense as The Maze Runner and Divergent series', this book, at least for me, far outstrips both in the scope and believability of its story plot, which is given clear explanation and creates a world you feel you could step into. The characterisations are beautifully crafted and even minor characters are given a depth and personality.
There are strong romance threads in this work but these are integrated so seamlessly and integrally into the plot that those who normally avoid "romance stories" should still give this book a fair reading. Likewise, the religious and metaphysical aspects of the storyline which form a strong setting for the overall plot will neither deter nor offend readers; they are sensitively and thought provokingly presented and add a strong motivational purpose for each character in his or her own way.
All in all, a wonderful work with characters you will care about and a story that will keep you reading. I hope Ms Dekker comes to Australia one day for a book signing - I'll be in the queue for sure!