Have you ever wondered what makes a good book good? I believe they all have a similar story skeleton. Consider Pride and Prejudice
and North and South
. Both books are about completely different subjects, yet there are similarities, similar scenes that draw the reader in, making them say, “You know, this is good… I like this!” —like the first proposal scene between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and the proposal scene between Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale.
I think you can apply the same idea with this series. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think about LJ Smith’s Dark Visions
trilogy. There are definite similarities—group of kids with special abilities brought together to be helped out/studied/experimented on, unspoken attractions among the kids, and a runaway situation. Yet, there are distinctions between the two books. Armstrong’s tale is certainly the darker, more paranormal of the two, which isn’t a bad thing.
Armstrong’s writing was engaging for the most part, but at times I found the pacing to be a bit slow—especially in the middle. Likable characters. Overall, not a bad beginning to the series. I give it 3.5 stars.