The thing I liked best about this book was that the first thought I had in terms of review content was that I finally found a book that seemed appropriate to fit in the YA category. The people seemed to act their age despite the dystopian setup. Normally, the YA fantasies I end up reading feel like they are talking to my age people (i.e 30) or at least within the previous decade. This however felt appropriate, however appropriate it could be considering a world where water is power and there is very little of it with the common people. The narration was well done and moved pretty quickly and the twists were mildly unexpected but also well done.
Zadie does not like her lot in life, she has but two people who genuinely care for her in this world and one of them happens to be her mother. The other happens to be the darling of all their land, a boy of infinite power. The story is simple enough, there is a version of the haves vs have-nots presented to us and the central focus of their system is a Supreme Leader who is hidden within the safety of a house at the other end of a labyrinth that hardly anyone leaves unscathed. Zadie is a realistic protagonist who has righteous thoughts but her actions are mostly self-centered (in a good way). There is the dark villain of the piece called Dex who hides behind smoke and powers. I thought it was one book but it turns out there is a lot left to happen when we finish this, and the next installments will probably wrap it up.
I received an advance reviewer’s copy (thanks to NetGalley and the publishers) but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.