Los Angles, California
Republic of America
He is Day.
The boy who walks in light.
She is June.
The girl who seeks her brother's murderer.
On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistibly drawn to together, neither knows the others past.
But Day murdered June's brother.
And she sworn to avenge his death.
This book is interesting as it recieved so much hype before and just after it was released, something I don;t normally buy into. Not that I don't like a bit hype but in the past I have always been let down by books that are so hyped up. Maybe I just go into these books with so much more expectations? However this one actually lived up to the hype, though there were still a few problems in the novel that I will talk about a little later on.
The characters have a great back story, the story is told by Day and June, Day being the most wanted person in the city and June being the overachiever that is tipped to become someone big in the army. I loved Day's character, how he was so caring towards his family and loyal to his only true friend, Tess. While I don't think we really find out much about June's past, maybe it is something that will be explored in later books.
The story kicks starts when June learns of her brothers death, who seems to have been murdered by Day, she is then set the task of finding Day and bringing him to justice. She then decides to go undercover and ultimately through pure chance finds Day, she doesn't know who he is at the time and feels comfortable when she is around him. This is one thing that totally threw the book for me, the way she acted when she found out Day's true identity. She seemed to change overnight, there was no point when she asked herself what her true motivations were she just did what she was told to do, which from the first few chapters seemed totally out of character for her. As the truth comes out June changes again and to be honest it didn't redeem her character. Didn't like the way Day just totally forgave her in an instant.
The world building isn't as advanced as some dystopian novels however it doesn't take anything away from the book. We learn just what we have to and nothing more. It would of been nice to have a clearer view of the world and who was fighting who but we are just given the basics, we aren't told alot about those who are fighting the Republic or why, we're not ever really told much about the plague that seemed to me to be a central plot but was developed upon much, it was just something that was there in the background, we do however learn more about this from June a little later in the book.
This is a great start to a series, I will deffiantly be reading the next books in the series, I totally enjoyed the plot and hope to see where the plot leads, hopefully we will find out a bit more about both Day and June. This is a great novel that does have some flaws but to be honest the action and world building are fantastic.