Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
This book lies in the borderland between post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but it owes more to The Knife of Never Letting Go than it does to The Hunger Games. (I was also reminded of Blood Red Road, both because of the setting–they’re opposites!–and because of the narration.) It’s a skilful, troubling story, but I had a hard time finding an emotional connection to it.