By Antony John
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Adventure, Elements
Format: eARC, 320 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Dial, Penguin
Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.
In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.
There is a lot to like about this book. The plot is awesome and I liked the mix of post-apocalyptic and elemental magic, it was dystopian meets Urban Fantasy. The setting was awesome the actual story line was good, for me it started a little too quickly I would have liked to be eased in a little more as there was a lot going on and a lot of information to take in all at once, but it wasn’t a major problem. There were loads of twists and turns that kept me guessing and the writing and characters were decent.
My problem with this book was that I struggled to connect with it. There was so much to like about it but for some reason it just didn’t grip me. Maybe I struggled with Thomas’ POV, maybe there was something about the writing that I just didn’t get. The truth is that I don’t really know what it was; I think it was one of those‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situations. I think in a few months I will try this again and see if I find it any easier to connect to, maybe the timing of me reading this was a little off.
Despite the issues I had with it I would still recommend this book, it is a lot of fun and the start of what promises to be an awesome series.
3 out of 5 stars
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