What I liked
This crossover YA novel follows Devi, a freshman in college, through the discovery of a past that has purposely been hidden from her. All her life she’s lived without knowing exactly who she is and why she’s able to do the things she can do. Devi has her brother, Nodin, with whom she shares a close relationship. They are very protective of each other and watching them interact and take care of each other is one of the many enjoyable aspects of the book. The plot is intricate and moves at a fast pace, revealing one more angle of Devi and Nodin’s earth-shattering dilemma at every turn—never letting up and keeping the reader asking questions and guessing what the different elements mean. The author has skillfully woven mythological elements from different cultures to create an intricate world. The characters connect with each other and live in harmony with their environment, interacting with nature, fauna and flora alike. There is a certain feeling of longing that can make the reader wish for humankind to be more in tune with its surrounding and more respectful and mindful of Earth’s balance. Another enjoyable aspect is the diversity of the characters, something that is not common in the genre. It was a nice addition that gave credibility to the story.
What I didn’t like
This is the perfect story for those who love a plot that clicks and keeps moving. However, readers who enjoy understanding the characters’ feelings and motivations may be left wanting a little more. Those who enjoy a well-developed romance might find that Devi and Baron’s relationship is not treated in a consistent manner. As soon as they meet, Devi and Baron are extremely attracted to each other and things get heated up quickly between them, moving into the physical aspect of things almost immediately. But after a few intimate moments between the two, their relation takes a back seat and all but disappears from the story. Another aspect that deserves a bit more attention and seems to happen without the appropriate level of fanfare was the climax. The task the Order of Seven is responsible for is momentous for all of humankind, but things are resolved quickly and then toned down by a smaller event involving Nodin which follows immediately after the Order of Seven members meet their destiny. It is also worth mentioning that though an antagonistic force exists, it lives in the background of the story and never presents itself. It acts in the shadows as an entity the reader can’t truly fear, hate or truly understand.
Readers looking for something different in the YA space will find a treat in Order of Seven and its splendidly elaborate plot and mythos.