By Theo Lawrence
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: All Teens
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.
But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.
Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.
This is a book that I received as a galley and didn’t get a chance to read before it expired. I got it from the library (finally!) and enjoyed reading it. Also, I love the cover! I’m not a big cover person but I think this one is really interesting. As far as the story goes, it was well-written and I’m looking forward to the next one.
I loved the futuristic imagery and the nod to Romeo and Juliet. However, I didn’t understand how a family could be so dysfunctional. How could they be so manipulative of other people? That mystified me and made me sad but it really made the plot intriguing. As far as the mystery of the book goes, I had everything figured out before the main character. I was glad she did find people who were trying to help her, but not knowing who to trust kept me on my toes. It didn’t take her so long to figure things out that I felt she was stupid, but I definitely wanted things to move a bit faster, probably because I wanted to see what happened next.
I’d love to see this made into a movie. It would be so cool to see the author’s futuristic New York City come to life.