*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
“That’s life in the Heartland.”
What’s life in the Heartland like? Monster corn that isn’t even safe to eat is the only crop that isn’t outlawed, floating cities above that treat the Heartlanders like slaves, and having your spouse chosen by the Empyrean government even if you’re in love with another. Life in the Heartland seems to be a shitty existence. Of course you can always hope you win the lottery and get to join the Empyrean elite on the sky flotillas…but how likely is that?
Something about this book that I couldn’t quite put my finger on had me drawn in right away. I cared for all the characters even with just a brief introduction, nothing makes a story more fun than feeling emotionally invested in it. I rooted for the guys I liked, and against the ones I didn’t. In the end, I loved this book and didn’t want it to end. I’m going to read the second book as soon as possible!
This isn’t your standard young adult book with stupid unbelievable romance, crappy dialogue, and many of the other annoyances that riddle the genre. This was a well written (I read an uncorrected proof and it was better than some finished copies I’ve read lately) entertaining world that you can become to feel a part of. I’m a new Wendig fan because of this book!