I feel really excited about all the excellent YA fantasy novels that have come out in the past year or two. I also feel like a broken record, because I’ve been on a mission to read as many of them as possible the past few months. That puts me in a bind, because what can I say about this novel that won’t sound like something I’ve already said about some of the others?
I think what it boils down to is that this book deserves all 5 stars, and I’m impatient to get my hands on book 2. Also, I am jealous that today’s teens have so many great stories at their fingertips, because all I remember reading by the time I reached high school was classics and adult novels.
This was fascinating and heartwrenching. If you want to know more about Cal’s mom, read this novella.
I read it after the Red Queen, which seemed appropriate, even though it is numbered 0.1 I think it helped to already have an understanding of the world and characters before I read this novella, so if you’re not sure, wait and read it after The Red Queen, which is book 1.
It took me some time to warm up to this novella, but in the end, I really enjoyed it and was glad I took the time to read it. This one is about Farley, the face of the rebellion.
I also recommend waiting to read this novella until after you have read The Red Queen, despite the numbering. Chronologically, the story starts before Book 1, but I believe you’ll want to understand the world before you dive into this.