I didn’t mean to read this book in one solid sitting. I trudged into bed at 12:30am and thought “I’ll just read a few pages.” I checked the clock at 1:30 and kept on, I checked the clock again at 2:15. I checked the clock after I finished the book and it was 4:30.
I recognized relatively early on that this was going to be a series, or at least more than one book. Which, in this case was a good thing. It gave me time as a reader to build a relationship. At first, I thought this book was just going to be Lily being a temperamental young adult falling in love with the bad boy the entire book. Throw in some “new world order” and you’ve got what you THINK is something like The Selection Series. You’re wrong.
Lily was a completely relatable, endearing character. Struggling under house arrest, dealing with being in the spot light and the constant threat of life combusting around her, she handles it all like a real teenager would. Screaming, crying and kicking the whole way. But she is strong and destined for greater things.
Kai is the bad boy you want to love. You want to love Kai just as much as Lily does. You want to trust him, you want to believe he will be the prince charming and good guy. He is a surprise at every turn and by the end of it I was absolutely in love with him. It happened.
The Revealed are this big scary monster the entire book. When they show up the first time, you can’t breathe. You hold your breath and tell everyone to run. When they show up the second time, you’re a bit more prepared. But not really.
Rory and Skylar are probably my two favorite characters in the book. Both are supportive characters and Skylar doesn’t even show up until the last quarter or so of the book. I can’t wait to see what happens to them in the following book(s?). Rory is Lily’s spitfire friend that becomes an increasingly more important player in this twisted game of life. Skylar is the….other male character? He’s not quite a love interest, but I have a sneaking suspicion that in later books he could be. He’s definitely a friend, almost a mentor and an all around nice guy. It doesn’t help that he’s super attractive.
This was just an all around solid book. The characters have dimension, there are twists and turns, but it’s not overwhelming. I don’t have an obnoxious book-hangover. I am excited and can’t wait for the next book to be released but it hasn’t overwhelmed my life. Hickam has left just enough to the imagination, just enough questions, just enough things left open to have drawn me in. I am totally ready for the second book. I feel like if I didn’t get to read the second book that I would be ok. BUT I fully intend on reading the second book. I am super excited to see how Lily’s life continues!
The Revealed would be a great book for my students. Not too much, not too little. Not too long or too short. Just enough action, romance, and drama to keep you interested. It is easy to get enamored with these characters and long to know what happens next. But I guess we’ll just have to wait for that to be revealed. 😉