This book is a really fantastic young-adult novel.
The plot in this book is absolutely fantastic. The action starts right at the beginning of the book and doesn’t stop until the very end. There’s one strong plot in this book, that of Yulia trying to survive, but there are also smaller sub-plots that deal with the Russian government and the race amongst countries to be the first into space.
There are some fantasy elements present in this book. When the mind-reading element was first introduced into the story (right at the beginning) I didn’t quite know what to make of it, but it was presented in such a realistic and believable way that I found myself able to go along with it. Things got a little harder for me to go along with once the other characters with abilities were introduced, but they were presented in such a believable manner that I was able to keep reading and truly enjoy what the mind-reading aspects brought to the story (they’re basically the basis of the entire story).
I truly enjoyed the history that was present in this book. While the fantastical elements of this story are really the focus of this story, there is still a lot of information in this book that deals with history. A lot of emphasis is placed on the hardships faced in communist Russia, like having to wait 8 years to visit the doctor. Having never previously learned much about life in communist Russia, other than things were tough and communism doesn’t really work, this book did a wonderful job of exposing me to the facts of what life was like during that time period.
I also really enjoyed all the characters in this book, especially the main character, Yulia. The characters are all very realistic and display real and relatable emotions towards situations and each other. The relationships that the characters all had with each other were also very realistic. While there was some romance between the characters, the relationships seemed very realistic and were not like your typical young-adult story romances.
The writing in this book was really pleasant. The author does a fantastic job of bringing the world and the characters to life. She also does a fantastic job of describing things without over-describing anything and dulling the story. While there wasn’t anything about her writing that was truly exceptional, it was still very easy and enjoyable to read.
Overall, I would have to say that I truly enjoyed reading this book. I will definitely be on the lookout for this authors name in the future, so I can enjoy any other books that she writes.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.