The format of this book is one of my favorite things about it. You can read Lyra’s story first, or Gemma’s story first, or you could alternate back and forth with each chapter.
I read Lyra first, then Gemma. This seems like a good method, because it pulled me in. I really enjoyed Lyra’s unique voice and perspective. I confess I didn’t enjoy Gemma’s story as much. It’s just a concept that has been done a lot, and nothing seemed particularly fresh or surprising in that section. Her part of the story was just a bit too boring for me, even though I liked Gemma as a character.
I would have preferred the whole story had been from Lyra and 72’s POVs instead, but I still think the gimmicky format is fun.
I confess I’m not sure I’m going to read on to book two, because there’s just not enough intrigue here for me. But I still enjoyed the story.