There are many dystopian books out, each with their own niche and some of them stand out. This is one such book. The most unique thing about the story is not the fact that they have the sun shining on them all the time, or that they have adapted the society to divide the work in running life or even the fact that they have adapted living conditions, houses, and windows to use the light when required. The most unique thing (I felt) was the concept of time.
We are taught early on in our schooling or even before about how time exists because of the rotation and revolution of our planet. This dystopia puts a spin (pardon the pun) on it because the situation is not as we know are used to in real life. There are multiple self-assessments with regards to what time means when our main male protagonist Candens is running for his life and gauging what it means to him. The world-building is very interesting and intricate, in this situation we first concentrate on one family and two women/girls connected to the family: Campana and Adura(apart from Candens). Each of the three names I have mentioned has their own grievances until a bigger problem is thrown at them and they become enmeshed in a bigger conspiracy. It was an easy read and although I could put it down in the first half, by the time I reached the second half and the story was well on its way- I had to finish before I could move on to anything else.
I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book because the story essentially ends as a cliff hanger with a very delicate peace and a lot of unknowns. I have my fingers crossed for the next installment because it has to work very hard to keep up with the arc that the background story took by the time this story ended.
I am actually surprised at the lack of people who have picked this book up, considering its content I would have thought a much wider audience would find this appealing.
I received an advance reviewer’s copy of the book thanks to the publishers and NetGalley but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.