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Oh. Oh. Oh. Right now, this book is moving over to my reread pile before the next one in the series comes out. It is really that bloody fantastic. It is part Star Wars, part Hunger Games, part Assassin's Creed. And it is fantastic, even with some shortcomings.
Mags is a lovable character. She's strong, determined, down to earth, and feels deeply. I loved being in her head and reading everything from her POV--point of view-- because she's hilarious, flippant, mature, and sarcastic at turns. She also has a fake heart as a young 19 year old. As another young woman with an open heart surgery under her belt and a fake valve to show for it, this touched me as a point that most people won't care about past the implications of an early hint of Ironheart.
Ghost is the next character we get the most of, and he is sincere and shows that he cares for Mags. While Molly, Lucian, Sparrow, and Archivist Chaunders, and Martika are left with some reveals of character background and not much more.
That is where this book got knocked from a 5 star rating to a 4. They are all fairly 2-D. We get snippets of seeing deeper into who they are, but not enough to make me feel like I really know them. This could be, in part, because Mags isn't trusted or trusting through most of the book. But even the ones she calls her friends, the ones to whom we should be emotionally attached, are not anyone that I could attach to because I didn't know anything about them. I'm hoping this will change in the next book, because this is slated to become a fantastic series.
It is more New Adult than Young Adult due to language and content, and as an adult reader, I am firmly okay with this. However, if you have young readers that are reading higher levels of books, only have them pick this one up if you're okay with language, violence, and minor suggestive content.