Let's just say I was blown away with the voice and ended up ordering the book. There's so much to like about this story--unique twist, likeable characters, great voice, and even romance.
Charlie is very likeable and has a trait that she needs to hide or else she'll be executed. The premise of people not being able to speak certain languages kind of reminded me of my own grandfather being reprimanded for speaking Spanish in school before the second world war. In her acknowledgments she credits a woman who shared her childhood years in WWII Germany. The scenes were Charlie and her younger sister have to flee bombings and hide in a mineshaft are very haunting.
The twists and turns in this story kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I figured it out, another turn popped up.
Derting takes a familar premise and gives her own twist to it. The chemistry between Charlie and Max works. So does her relationships with her friends Brook and Aron. I did want to see more of the underground rebellion and more on the rebel leader Xander but I have a feeling the next book will show this.
The cliffhanger ending is totally awe worthy. I love how Derting sets us up for the second book.
A must read for dystopia fans. I know I can't wait for the next book!
2. Great voice, characters, and dialogue
3. Unique twists and turns
4. Great ending hook