By Samantha Shannon
This book is a solid mixture of dystopian science fiction and paranormal fantasy. That’s a lot to take in! Set in an apocalyptic future where London is controlled by a totalitarian government in which clairvoyance, which has existed for centuries in secret, has been outlawed. Our main character, Paige Mahoney, is an Irish refugee and a clairvoyant “dreamwalker” working in the criminal underworld of London, using her gift for a greater purpose. Paige is one of the strongest female protagonists I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Her story alone will propel you to read more into this world. There are a plethora of diverse characters, a government conspiracy, and an invasion from otherworldly beings who threaten the clairvoyant community that also move the plot forward toward a climactic finish.
The pace of this book is a little on the slow side, but trust me when I say that It will get better towards the middle. Everything starts to come together and Paige has to make some important decisions before the end that will affect the rest of this series. A wonderful debut from this author and a worthy contender for one of my favorite fiction series.
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