The book started off strong for me. It was easy to get into and I found it fascinating just to see the way they prepared for and got used to spending long periods of time in absolute darkness. It’s such an interesting idea. I enjoyed Yulla’s narration and found her to be a very realistic and likeable character. Her relationship with her sister was my favourite – as someone with three sisters, it felt very real: bickering and teasing but with a lot of love underneath it all.
I started to lose interest a little when Yulla came above ground. It’s a shame, because this should have been the really interesting, exciting part, but I found it a little action heavy and hard to follow, and had to force myself to get through some bits.
I thought the actual Fire Children were really fun to read about, especially seeing the way Ember and Yulla interacted with each other, as he’s basically a demi-god to her. But the romance side of their relationship felt a little weird and quite sudden: not really insta-love as such, it just moved from awkwardness to kissing pretty quick.
This is an enjoyable fantasy read with a brilliant, beautiful setting in a world I’d really like to read more of. The adventure side of it fell a little short for me, but I think others will really enjoy it.
I enjoyed – give it a read
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