Splendid setting for a story, but superficial. The characters are cardboard cutouts of this Hollywood style storytelling. They are there, have personality, are interesting, and have a background, but attempts to go deeper and dwell on actual problems people face with existing in this universe are half-hearted. This is sad because there was something in this book that really deserves to be read and appreciated.
Tegan is not your typical badass superhero. First, she is not some wet fantasy or perfect for the matter. She is snarky, yes, (a new cliche with female characters,) it clearly comes from insecurity and isolation. But her story is never given enough time to develop. The horrors her parents and the government put her trough or the inability to interact with others are overshadowed by the fast action that feels hollow and unimportant. The unimportant part is just me. I get there is gravitas, but it didn’t pull me. The sadness of the antagonist is thin.
I have complained a lot because to circle back into the beginning what I said about being sad about this book having something, but never delivering it. Maybe the second book is better. As a writer, I get that you develop, and the concepts need polishing and time to mature. I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book because there is so much out there to be read. And that is another thing that makes me feel depressed, people should have a second chance.
Thank you for reading, have a superb day!