Pros: Short chapters, short sentences, short book. One review I read said something like, "If you found The Hunger Games overly light and cheerful, this is the book for you." So it's got that going for it.
- The beginning is really confusing. I like books that just plop you down in a new world, but give me a compass or something.
- It's told in flashback, which can be really suspenseful, but here just isn't. I think because Scott doesn't do a great job of putting you in the action those flashbacks refer to--Grace just tells you about stuff.
- I never connected with the characters at all. Not that they weren't likeable or pitiable or whatever, I just didn't know them well enough to care. The "real time" action of the story takes place on one train ride, and despite all the flashbacks, I felt like I got to know the characters about as well as I'd know anyone I'd ridden a train with. I wished them well, but whatever.
- Honestly, I probably won't recommend this much except for the die-hard dystopia fans who must read them all. I was hoping that the short chapters and stuff would make it a good sci fi pick for reluctant readers, but it's too confusing for them.