Let me start with the characters. Pittacus Lore managed to construct perfectly imperfect characters. Take John. In my opinion, John has a rounded character. With very dominant personality traits, such as his caring nature, and a thirst to prove himself, his personality has a flip side. I find John to be sometimes reckless, doing things in the spur of the moment. With these flaws, I can empathise with him as a protagonist. I think this helps me to get invested into the story and John himself. If Pittacus Lore had failed to craft such intricate characters, I know that I wouldn’t have supported John in his quest, and felt everything he felt.
The next thing about this book that made me fall head over heels for it is the way Pittacus Lore sent us on this journey. Because this is what this book is to me. A journey. An experience. A one-way journey trip through John Smith’s emotions and thoughts. An insight into his deepest secrets and darkest fears. Pittacus Lore gave me a perfectly paced story by giving me action sequences in small but frequent doses, thus giving me what I want but always left me wanting more. Wherever I was when I opened this book, it was left behind. I was immediately transported to this world, a world made up of words, with its beautiful snowy forests and feverish love story; you’re hanging onto every word, desperate for another page after you’ve turned the last.
I recommend everyone to read this. I think everybody deserves to experience this book. They deserve to have their share of action I find it rare to find a book that has such good action scenes coupled with equally good down time scenes, but this book pulled it off spectacularly. I rate this book 5 out of 5 for its ability to send me on an adrenaline run