The book is marketed as like a YA Game of Thrones. I’ve never read or really watched Game of Thrones, but I’m not sure that this book is a that much like it. I say that because the stakes weren’t high enough for me.
It felt like Hunger Games in a way because these teens’ lives are at risk, but in the end no one really died that we followed in the book. It’s not that I wanted characters to die, but it was hard to take the danger seriously when it doesn’t feel all that life-threatening.
I DID really enjoy the diverse cast of characters. Each person had their own reason to want to be in the competition or not to be, and I found that so intriguing because they were each unique. These characters are totally worth following into another book if you enjoy this book. I’m not sure if I’m going to pursue reading the next book, but I really like the different characters.
I did think this book was a bit more…gritty than a lot of YA books I’ve read. The language or descriptions used felt more real and less romanticized if that makes sense. I think that was my favorite part of the writing was the way it felt refreshing in how things were explained, described, and how characters thought.