I wanted to like this book more than I did.. Well that isn’t 100% accurate because I did like the book. I did not like Elloren. She got better towards the end but it was honestly hard to get to that point. Elloren has grown up with her uncle, completely sheltered. Her aunt decides that it’s time for Elloren to attend Verpax University. When she gets there she is immediately thrown into “turf war” over a boy. The problem here is that it’s completely ridiculous. The “other” girl is a psycho. It was honestly annoying because there was literally no reason for any of that drama. But that isn’t why I didn’t like Elloren. I didn’t like her because she was so unbelievably naive. She knew absolutely nothing about the outside world. I know she as sheltered but come on! Her brothers went to the school. She had to know something! She looked down on everyone.. she though she was better than everyone! But then got upset whenever someone hated her. She also whined and cried a lot. And she tattled whenever anyone looked at her funny. It was obnoxious. Honestly I had to force myself to finish the book. Luckily she eventually started fighting her own battles but it was a very long, very annoying road.
Okay so now onto the things I actually enjoyed. I loved the politics in this book. It was all so intricate and absolutely fascinating. It was hard to know who was bad and who was a rebel. I loved learning which side everyone was on. I liked the rebellion. I think the next book is going to be a million times more interesting and enjoyable because Elleron has finally picked a side.
Do I recommend this book? Yes but be prepared to hate the main character. Honestly there aren’t any redeeming qualities about her until the end. She’s awful.