This book is like Gossip Girls meets Sci-Fi, but not the wickedly cool, fast paced, action-packed kind of Sci-Fi (like Illuminae, The Lunar Chronicles, or The Diabolic) . It’s more like a bunch of wealthy people with a ton of incredible tech who feel continually sorry for themselves about their misfortunes and complicated lives.
If you love brainless drama, this isn’t too bad, except for the fact that the Sci-Fi edge doesn’t allow you to read brainlessly, which disrupts the glee that comes with a fluffy book that is easy to devour. I listened on audio and found myself getting frequently distracted and sidetracked (because the story just wouldn’t hold my attention). I rewound a lot, and at one point, I almost gave up, but my love for the genre forced me to trudge onward, in the hope of something better.
In about the last 8% of the book, something dramatic finally happens (though I’m not sure how happy I was to see the story move in that direction, when there could have been so many other interesting options). That’s probably the point at which the book should have begun, but unfortunately, it’s the point where the book ended. Since the story finally got started, right at the end, you would think I would be interested in reading on to book 2, but I guess I’m not. I think I’m done with this series.
It’s probably more of a 2.5 for me, but I rounded up on behalf of the interesting tech/world. I really did appreciate that element of the story (and wished there had been more of that), even when everything else started to become boring. I guess there’s only so much wealthy teenager drama that I can read and watch before it all starts seeming the same.
ALSO, I almost forgot to mention the multiple POVs. It has a lot, which I would normally love, but I found it very difficult to settle into the POVs for the first 15-20% of the book. So the POVs are rocky at the get go and don’t transition smoothly, but that does get better as the story progresses.
In conclusion: it’s not terrible. I just don’t love it, and I wish I had buried myself in a Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Veronica Rossi, Pierce Brown, or Marissa Meyer book instead. They create far more intricate worlds and faster-paced plots.