Before diving into my review, I want to point out I’m completely aware of the issues of this book, I read it as part of the Illumicrate readalong and they prefaced with an apology and rather than try to explain the problematic parts, I’m going to link you all to the best review of this book in explaining its issues which I definitely read before reading this book.
Asma’s Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3585134911
An Illumicrate readalong, just to change it up from the many Fairyloot ones I’ve posted about this month.
Again, please look at the review above to see the problematic parts of this book and why it may not be a good read.
Because Asma’s review deals with everything SO well, I’m going to focus on other parts of the book.
First off, I did love how sassy/snarky El was, that was a real delight, but, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS SCHOOL ON A LOGISTICS LEVEL.
WHY WOULD YOU NOT HAVE TEACHERS
WHY WOULD THERE NOT BE BETTER WAYS OF PROTECTING YOURSELF/CHILDREN? HOW ARE THERE ANY OF THEM LEFT AT THE RATE THEY GET KILLED/EATEN/INJURED BEYOND BELIEF?!
IS THERE NO BETTER WAY?!
I don’t know that I can ever think of this book without having such a huge scowl on my face.
Sure it’s neat there are no teachers, that they still turn in assignments and get grades and still have their wits about them, no Lord of the Flies shit going on here.
But, I could not wrap my mind around this magic system or the world it’s set in. This school is ridiculous.
What saved this book at all for me was El and her friends, watching the alliances being made and watching El give Orion hell.
Seriously, El saved the book for me from being just a complete crap read, cause they were all so great interacting together.
The ending finally had some action but this book was 3/4 info dumping that still didn’t clarify anything for me that I needed answers for to not be distracted.
Where does the food come from?
Who cooks it/puts it out?
What happens when they get colds?
Why is there a supply shop but not freakin clothes shop?
How can they send assignments but not get mail?
How do the assignments get graded, do they get them back?
DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN?!
The ending was good, it was enough to distract me and definitely make me curious as to the next book but for all that is good and holy, this was not the setting or world for me. So now I have new questions such as why did El’s mom tell her that? I need to know why she said that!
3/5 cups of coffee for snarky awesomeness but seriously lacking world building.