*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Did Not Finish
Summary: Set in the near-future, thirteen is the number of families that rule the world. They lurk in the shadows, behind the presidential elections, and in front of computer screens that, with one click, could make a stock rise or fall. Above the family is a governing body: the Council of Thirteen, and the leader of the Council is the Master of Light. Gwendoline Calvert is a member of the twelfth family, and when the Master of Light is assassinated, becomes a candidate in a seemingly archaic competition of finding a new leader.
This debut novel offers a new, insightful look at the forces that act in the shadows of a blind, blind world.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
My thoughts: I made it through about 1/3 of the novel when I decided that this story just was not for me. I began reading this novel and was immediately confused by the prologue that didn’t offer much background info to the story. Once the story began, I became interested in the plot only to be perplexed by the lack of world building or history that should be provided in every science fiction story. Without it, the story can easily become muddled to readers if they don’t know why the characters are put into the situations they are in.
One thing that I did enjoy, during the time I read this book, was the poetic writing style that wove into the story. The writing style was my favorite part of the story but it didn’t win me over considering I was still very confused to what was actually happening in the book. I also wished that the characters had more details provided in the story in order to connect with readers. They were very one dimensional and didn’t have much history that they provided to the story, so if that was added into the novel, it would have helped the plot develop easier than it did. This book, though, has the potential to be great if only the plot was easier to grasp and the story wasn’t divided into choppy scenes that felt as though they were too fasted paced.
Book Info: Goodreads