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This is one hard book to review. It's a slow novel that we don't really understand at first, from what is going on, as well as what we need to know. We wonder a little what the point of the book is, seeing as it doesn't really get interesting until the end of the novel. Most of it is like "fluff", there's really no point for it and it just makes the book longer than whatit needs to be.
We get introduced to too many characters all at once. We wonder at the beginning, who the main character is (in Dwight), because there are too many things going on, and too many characters, that we don't know who to try and connect with or get through the rest of the story with. It iseasier to connect with Sam than it is Luke. This is because we know that Sam is the maincharacter from the way that she connects with us as well as seems like to trust us, shedoesn't seem to draw our attention away from her as Luke does. Easily from this we canguess straight away who both Sam and Luke are.
As things start picking up a little with all of their normal day to day things we feel like weare on autopilot, watching and waiting for something interesting to happen, as well aswaiting for the story to develop further.
When Sam starts to develop powers we wonder how this story will lead from there. DoesLuke have some sort of power too? Will he develop any sort of power? What about themysterious genius we haven't seen yet? Too many questions come about and we don't getmany answers over time, leaving us wanting the second novel.
Then !BANG! everything starts to happen all at once. The quick change of pace brings usback into the book from our autopilot mode and into the story. A twist or two at the end but overall we feel the need to continue with the next novel to see how it will all play out.
One particular thing about this book was that we don't know who the second person we first meet here and there is. It doesn't fit in the novel with having that person there and makes it loose some of the books touch in a way. It loses the tone that is set in the book as we move back and forth from twin to twin. The second person just makes it seem sort of informal in a way. (You will understand this paragraph when you read this book)
We don't really know much about the book and about what kind of YA it falls under,but as we get closer to the end and the truth comes out we wonder why this different element was brought in, as well as what other creatures exist. This was well played as it was something we didn't see coming and we feel just as surprised as Luke and Sam do when they find out about it all, as well as who some people are and what they can do, including things about themselves.