Author: Caighlan Smith
Publisher: Switch Press
Publishing Date: August 1st, 2016
When we first enter this incredibly unique world, it seems no different than if we were just following the life of average teenagers. Sure, Clara is a bit of a daredevil, and we don’t even know the name of the protagonist, but it seems pretty traditional at first. When we begin to hear about “Fallen Day,” and how these children are being sent in to become angels, my ears perked up a bit. Who willingly sends their kid to their death? Well, I guess everyone in the Towers (where they live.) Clara is an attention seeker, and she loves having everybody’s eyes on her. The protagonist (for writing purposes we’ll call her Nameless.) Nameless even says “others laugh. I wish they wouldn’t. It encourages her.” When these children are selected on Fallen Day they are robed and sent into the labyrinth, deemed “Icarii: to enter the labyrinth to become angels.” I doubt anyone was prepared for this labyrinth. Not as well as they thought they would be.
What I loved about the story was Caighlan’s attention to detail, her ability to paint pictures in my mind. She did a wonderful job with imagery! I also enjoyed her plot. This book seems so unique, which is incredible considering that she touched on a subject author’s have written and re-written hundreds of thousands of times. Caighlan was also able to draw emotions out of me. My heart would race at certain parts, anger would strike within me, and my heart would even break. Caighlan really takes you for a journey, so hold onto your seats.
What I didn’t like, was so minor it seems more of a reader error. The end of the story seemed to be drug out a bit much, however, I have a strong feeling that I only felt that way because I was unable to put the book down because I was dying to know what happened. I don’t know that I will want to put down the second book either! Open endings are key suggestions to a second book.
I highly suggest that you read this book and get to experience the labyrinth for yourself. Caighlan will definitely take you on a ride you’ll never forget.