This is not one for the faint of heart, especially if you have a good imagination. The imagery is gruesome and disturbing, the circumstances horrid. ..Show More » Personally, I can't really say I enjoyed this book, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a read. It's a little different than the usual YA distopian novels since the catastrophe preceding the events in the book was manufactured and the ensuing events had little to do with saving society at large. There were one or two places where the author went a little too far in my opinion and risked credibility, but the story didn't dwell on these things and the fact that it kept moving keeps the reader engaged.
Refreshingly for a YA novel, Baggott did not dwell on romance. Yes, there is some, but it's not the focus of the story. You get the feeling that Baggott wanted to spend more time focusing on what could happen if the wrong people have too much power and much too much knowledge. She does this without becoming preachy which is a huge plus. She's simply telling a story about what might be.
Someone else's review mentioned that it was a little heavy on the sci fi side and that's fairly accurate. It's just that other side of the line between fantasy and science fiction since there's a lot of science and medically based plot motivators.
All in all, I won't personally be listening to the sequels because the plot didn't grab me enough to override my aversion to the imagery, but that's not to say that it was a bad book, simply that it wasn't really my thing. If you like dystopian YA and have the stomach for it, you might love this book.
Narration: All of the characters were well narrated and well matched to the book.
I really liked the first book "Pure". This one however, just didn't seem to spark my interest like the first, and leaves you hanging, with multiple op..Show More »en story lines. It's a rather lengthy book, that in my opinion doesn't progress the series very far, and might be best to wait on the final book, to listen to the whole thing at once. The narration can be tedious at times with the way each narrator has a main voice, but also does the rest of the characters. This can get confusing at times. Would have been much better, if each narrator would have just been the voice of one or two characters, and have synchronized their reading.