Synopsis (from Goodreads)My thanks go to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC.
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Released: 1st of July 2014
Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She's smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:
1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
3. There's no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.
What I Have To Say
The thing I liked most about this book was how easy it was to read. Instantly I was pulled straight into the world and into the main character's head. And Jansin was a good main character. She was strong, independent and clear of her own mind. She wasn't willing to be the good little girl and stay with the man her parents liked and considered perfect for her. She didn't want to just go down the path that was picked for her. She wanted more. She didn't love the boy and she wasn't sure about the division she wanted to head into. But after eight years of being trained by the army academy, thinking by herself is difficult for her.
The world was simple, easy to picture and without too much info-dumping, but occasionally it felt a bit hollow. Some of the facts didn't seem very accurate. Starting each character with a fact about the world was a good idea, but when it states that people only have career options, which seemed to ignore a lot of jobs that exist and are needed to exist in order to survive. Even in the future when so many things are done by machine, there are surely more job prospects than science, military
Although, I would have liked to have spent more time on the surface, with Will and the others, I do like the way the story went. It was an interesting plot with lots of twists and turns. Even if some of the characters were rather cardboard and easy to mix up, it wasn't too hard to follow.
I would like to see more from the author in the future.