My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well written and well paced, I did enjoy this book though I’m not sure I want to read the rest of the series. It’s hard to watch the unmaking of someone when they are pressed into service by an ideal, pushed into making themselves more like their enemies to “win.” This keeps good company with the new gritty dystopians like Hunger Games and even the classic Lord of the Flies in places. It is wrenching and grim and shows how thin the line can be between right and wrong. I felt it was a good read if a little heartbreaking for softies, like me.