My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Definitely not what I expected — if I could best “elevator pitch” this book, it would be a science-fiction/dystopian Lord of the Flies. And that doesn’t even come close to describing this book.
I went into this book blind, which is what I highly recommend to anyone who’s thinking about reading it. If you get even a hint of what’s really going on before starting this novel, you’re doing yourself a disservice. I’ll only say that this novel kept be guessing, and I only figured out part of the twist about two paragraphs before its reveal, which is unusual for me — I normally figure things out. This one kept be guessing, like I was wandering a dark, seemingly-neverending with nothing but a homemade torch and a spear.
It’s fast, it’ll keep you guessing — sure, there are some tropes in there, but they’re easily dismissed things elements in the midst of a fun and kinda-scary thriller.