I didn't enjoy this book at all. I didn't even finish it.
The MC, Fiona, fell asleep when she was 13 years old, and wakes up 4 years later. The world has been destroyed. She has a tattoo that she doesn’t remember getting that looks like a spider, except it has 10 legs. She covers it up with makeup because heaven forbid anyone seeing her with a tattoo.
I’m sorry but after being asleep for four years, think about the state of your body. Malnourished and probably disgusting.
In this world, there is a wall. Behind said wall, people have lots of babies and are very rich. Also they have a lot of honey because the bees are extinct now due to pesticides. I really wanted an environmental message shoved down my throat, thanks.
Outside the wall, life is misery. There are the beasts, the people with the tattoos who have gone insane, which somehow Fiona doesn’t. I don’t know how she doesn’t, but bending the rules for your special MC is lazy. There are also the Fecs. They live in the sewers, and therefore, feces. Clever, clever.
Then there’s raiders. Basically what they sound like, raiding places.
Militia protect against the beasts and the raiders. Why they don’t let the fecs stay with them is beyond me. They don’t seem to like each other. I don’t see why the militia hires the fecs so they can all work together, but that’s not my problem.
After Fiona is captured by raiders, the militia rescue her and detain her, putting her in magnetic cuffs that can be activated and deactivated at will.
She meets a soldier, Bowen, who just so happened to be her childhood crush. I don’t know how old Bowen is, if it said I can’t remember, but from what I gather he’s probably in his late teens or early 20’s when the book takes place. Of course Bowen falls for her too, but it’s honestly rather disturbing how quickly they get close.
After Fiona puts on a sundress, Bowen says he ‘won’t be able to control himself’ while she’s wearing it. This honestly made me feel a little sick. He sounds like he can’t control whatever urge he has somehow been controlling without a problem before. This is just kind of a creepy guy ick factor for me.
To be honest, that’s about where I put the book down, but I skimmed to the end just to see if there was anything worth reading. I honestly wish the author had written a story of her slowly going insane. How cool would that be to read?
There really wasn’t much in the way of plot either. She gets found by the militia and they’re escaping. Big whoop.
I had high hopes for it, I really did like the idea, but as I read the book I was disappointed.
If you read the book, what did you think? Did the end redeem itself?