I loved this book, even more, the second time that I read it. I chose to experience it via audiobook, rather than physically reading it which is what I did the first time. The audiobook is a full cast recording and it is absolutely fantastic. Although I recommend also having the book (or digital version) with you while listening to follow along when you can. This book is written in such a unique way that it really should be experienced visually as well. There are chat logs, images, diagrams, redacted information and other things that just don’t come across in the audio. That being said, this is one of the best audiobooks that I’ve ever experienced and I highly recommend it. The full cast and sound effects completely immerse you in the story and raise the stakes.
The two main characters, Ezra and Kady were well fleshed out and relatable. Kady is a fierce femme who does whatever it takes for the people she loves and doesn’t let anyone push her around. She is incredibly brave and sometimes too confident for her own good. I enjoyed the fact that they had a pre-established romance in the story because that’s not super common in YA. Characters usually meet and fall madly in love over the course of the books. We were able to meet characters that already knew one another and were struggling through the reality of life.
As this was a reread, I was immediately drawn back into the narrative and didn’t experience the pacing issues that some people seem to have with the book. There is a lot of world to build and develop in the first third of the book, which makes the narrative a little slow although it’s still fascinating. Once you get to know the characters and are completely invested in the story, the action (and horror) ramps up.
I fell even more in love with this book than I did the first time I read it. This is my favourite pure science fiction series and highly recommend it to people. I suggest listening to the audiobook whilst looking at the pages because that is honestly the best way to experience this story.