This dystopian fantasy will appeal to those who like a cinematic quality to their reading and enjoy a storyline which involves lots of monster vs human fights. I found the main female character, Kate Harker, very hard to empathise with, at first, as she’s not a very nice person! It becomes obvious that this is precisely the point. She is a bit of a human monster, taking after her father in spirit. Then we meet the male hero, August Flynn, who is a real monster, but doesn’t want to be.
Like the Montagues and the Capulets, Kate and August are definitely not destined to be together, as their families rule rival factions of a hellish world, held precariously at peace.
When the truce is broken, Kate and August are thrown together, and violent battles are waged between monster and human.
It’s an exciting read, if you enjoy this type of fantasy, and there will probably be a sequel to this novel, as August Flynn is immensely appealing.
I would recommend it to Year 9’s upward, and to anyone who has a fondness for Twilight-type monster battles.
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