I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There a was a lot to like about this story. The main character, Sinta was a very great representation of a teenage girl. She was mature, but childish, understanding, but moody, and brave but afraid. I usually like it when characters are as multidimensional as Sinta, but for some reason in this book all her different qualities just made me shift between liking and disliking her. It was mostly the moodiness that bugged me. It was the end of the world, and she was dealing with some serious thing, but I just couldn’t put up with her mood shifts. She would go from being angry that the planet had been invaded, to sad that she wasn’t with her mom, to annoyed because her friend Ian said something stupid; and all of these emotional changes would happen in a matter of moments. I get what the author was trying to do. This was a sometimes heroic girl who was not a true heroine yet. The point of the mood shifts seems to be to prove that although she would make a heck of a heroine some day, she was still a 17-year-old girl who had some growing up to do. I get the point of the moodiness, but it was still very annoying.
I liked Sinta a lot when she was focused on helping her friends, and making it home to her mom, I even liked her when she was putting her friend Ian in his place and cracking jokes with her best friend Mia. But as much time as she spent focusing on important things like survival she spent the same amount of time thinking about a boy, and that’s when she became less likable for me. There is a love triangle in this story, but depending on which synopsis you read of the book, it is pretty clear who Sinta is mostly interested in. Wade is the former chubby guy who has obviously been interested in Sinta for a long time. He protects her while the are both fighting to get back home to their families, and his feelings aren’t returned. This is what I dislike about most love triangles. Wade is amazing! He is kind, strong, loyal, and imperfect. He makes for a great leading man, and it would have been nice for the guy without the six pack abs to get the girl for once. I like Jason,the guy Sinta likes, but he is a much less interesting character to me than Wade.
Jason comes on the scene about 30% into the book. He saves Sinta and her group from some skeevy hillbillies and from that point on it’s “Wade who?”. Jason is described in the synopsis as a “bad boy”, and that’s part of the reason I chose to read this book. I love the bad boy. It may not be smart to date them in real life, but that doesn’t mean I can’t read about them. But Jason isn’t a bad boy at all. He’s a mildly spoiled, very bored frat boy. I have nothing against fraternities, but being in one doesn’t exactly make you a bad boy a bad boy. I think because he’s three years older than Sinta and has a difficult relationship with his dad, he’s supposed to be off limits, but the age difference isn’t big enough to really matter, and his dad may be a driven politician who tries to run his life, but he and his dad obviously love each other a lot. Jason didn’t have to be a bad boy, he was interesting and likable without that label. In fact it was his honor and bravery that made me like him. He was a good guy, but I was promised a bad boy so that’s what I wanted.
All in all, I think I would have enjoyed the romance in this book a lot more if either Wade or Jason had been deleted. I know love triangles are supposed to make the heroine seem more desirable, but I hate having to constantly compare one guy to another. I just want to fall in love along with the main character and not have to worry about the guy who’s heart is getting broken while she’s kissing his rival in front of him.
The aliens in the book were pretty good. I was disturbed by them, and that’s a good thing. I would have liked more details about the invasion, and it would have been nice to have more scenes that involved the aliens, but I like what I read.
I also like the fact that the main character was mixed, she had a black mother and a white father, and unfortunately there are few too many racially diverse characters like Sinta in books. Sinta’s entire background was a decent representation of a lot of families in this country. I’m not saying that I agree with he fact that her mother was her father’s mistress, because I absolutely don’t, but things like that happen. The messiness of her family made sense, and for some reason it was nice to read.
Despite my dislike for the love triangle, the book took some chances that I respected. There were too many clichés for my taste, but I’ve been reading more books like this lately so what is cliché to me could be refreshing and original to other readers. All in all, the story held my attention and provided some funny, sweet, and action packed moments I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get started reading post apocalyptic sci-fi, and is in the mood for a likable and realistic heroine.