Really loved this one. Think M.T. Anderson's FEED meets Lloyd Alexander's THE BLACK CAULDRON, with some queer content thrown in. I like a dystopia where tonally it seems exactly like the world we live in. Good pacing, realistic characters, killer ending that gives a satisfying conclusion to the story but made me eager to read the next book.
What didn't I like? Minor, minor things. There were some typos early in the book, and the publisher's description on the copyright page reverses the names of the main characters (doesn't anyone read that stuff?) I had a hard time believing that kids who've never seen horses could mount and ride horses that easily. That's all, everything else about this novel pleases me.
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