After my head wrapped around the fact that it's a stand alone, I was super impressed with the flow of the story. I didn't feel like thing were rushed, in fact, I was overjoyed with how everything was going and written. Though, I did almost stop reading this book. As I was learning about the roles of the people, it was brought to my attention that it was a mans world. Which, for it being dystopian, I was okay with. What made me slightly uncomfortable was how detailed and adult these "girls" were talking. It made me think that this should be more of a new adult book.
While that aside, I loved all the characters we meet within the book. Heart is a strong girl, and I loved that in her. It was a pleasure reading her story, and experiencing her firsts with her. All the budding relationships that came of the story, both friend and lover felt real and natural. I felt the natural connection as I read.
This book made me feel the need of more standalone books that aren't contemporary. And if you're struggling to find ones for your shelves, I guarantee this one won't let you down.
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