Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
Published by Switch Press
Published on August 1st 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal
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It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end."
Hey guys…. Let me preface this by saying I suck and this review should have been posted last year when I actually read and wrote it. OOOPPSSS. But anyway, I just got the ARC of the second book that will be out in a few months, so this is a great time to get the post up!! (Also rereading it got me PUMPED for the next book!)
Well, I haven’t read anything like this in quite some time. Its been ages since I read anything that really resembled a dystopian society (which this may or may not be? So many questions.) in any way. So this was kind of refreshing, it felt familiar, yet completely new. Warning: there may be a lot of vagueness happening in this review. Because I don’t wanna spoil anything, obviously. I’m only thinking of your feelings, reader.
Children of Icarus was deliciously dark. Things got pretty intense, pretty quickly, which is probably why I found this so easy to just keep reading and reading…. everything is so eerie feeling. I love not know what may be around the next corner. The sense of dread was heavy at times. And I loved it. The characters are questionable – you have no idea who exactly to trust, nor do you understand anyone’s true motives. But I’m sure a few bad apples wont spoil the whole bunch, so I hope to see some of the characters become allies of the main character.
The main character. Who has not told anyone her actual name.
Lol…. I crack myself up. But seriously. That GIF is so serious right now. So nameless is a hard protagonist to like. Right from the beginning, she is just scared. Of everything. Quiet. Meek. SPINELESS. I cannot tell you how many times I yelled at her during the course of the book. OMG MOVE! OMG DO SOMETHING! OMG SAY SOMETHING! OMG YOU’RE AN IDIOT! OMG I HATE YOU!
I wanted to choke her. Slap her. Something. She is one of those you have to give time to grow, time to learn and understand the world around her and what she has to do to survive. So please, I beg you, even if she drives you crazy, just give her a chance. Don’t let it stop you. (This was part of my reason for 4.5 stars instead of a full 5, honestly.)
This book is compared to The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games. YES. Yes to both of those things. People will easily draw a comparison between these books, especially Maze Runner. But Children of Icarus is different in so many ways. The world is based in mythology, and the maze is so different. The creatures are SO DIFFERENT. The entire atmosphere is different than both of those books. There are people out there who will immediately judge this book based on the similarities, and the die hard Maze Runner and Hunger Games fans may be upset or butt hurt. OWELL.
I don’t care about the similarities. Not one bit. Because I enjoyed this book.
This is my next Maze Runner.
This is my next Hunger Games.
I would even go so far as to say this may be my next…. Angelfall. (Minus Raffe. There is not and probably never will be a version of him anywhere else ever.)
I loved the way it wrapped up without being a total cliffhanger, and still managing to leave me both satisfied and wanting the next book desperately. The end will also be easily comparable to other dystopias, but it’s more a matter of where it goes from here and whether or not it takes a different direction that I am concerned with. Also, there has yet to be a love element! There may be later on of course, but for now I am excited that romance was not on the authors mind in regards to this story. There is no romance, but there is blood, and death, and monsters, and horrific people…. and I devoured it. I highly recommend Children of Icarus!
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