Rating: Parts 1-3: 4 stars; the rest: 2 stars
Synopsis: Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?
Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.
The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…
How I got this book: Netgalley
Release Date: March 5, 2015
The Short Version:
I have no idea what to make of this book. It’s divided into parts, which is helpful because my mixed feelings can be allocated a part each. I was absolutely loving it, until part 4 happened. Then things went downhill.
Or, rather, things jumped of a cliff, landed at the bottom, and made a slow ascent back up, but never made it back to the top.
Yes, I think that’s probably the best way to describe it.
WARNING: THE LONG VERSION MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS
The Long Version:
My feelings upon finishing this book can be described as follows:
The worst part was, it started off fantastically. Luna was different, both on purpose and in a way she didn’t realise. There was weird stuff going on that made me need to know more. Stuff was happening and you could sort of see where it was going but not really and it just kept you reading.
And then we got up to part 4, and things started to be considerably less awesome. Luna came in contact with people who could tell her what was really going on, but she became this really annoyingly stupid character who was constantly changing her mind about everything. One minute, she totally believes that PareCo is responsible for bad things and that they need to be stopped. The next…
I’m not even kidding.
I kind of wanted to slap her.
We come to the end of part 4, and things are starting to improve. We’re getting some of that mystery back, instead of the annoying half-explanations that then get expanded upon and the unacceptance that the company slowly overtaking could possibly be bad.
It’s hard to say more without being spoilery, so I’ll just say that it improved and Luna annoyed me less, but then we got to the ending.
It wasn’t so much a bad ending, as a disappointing one. The more I think about it, the more I realise how little was actually explained. After the not-that-greatness of part 4, things were starting to get awesome again, and the mystery was building, and PareCo was winning and Luna had to figure out how to stop them when suddenly…
It was over.
There had been all this build up with all this strange stuff going on, but only, like, 2 things came into play at the end and were explained. The rest of it was just ignored, like it had never been mentioned.
A fantastic start, but all-in-all a disappointing read. It would probably have been less disappointing if the ending had actually explained stuff, instead of just randomly ending.