Release Date: April 16th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
“There are no men in Claysoot.
There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends . . . and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate—until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets, the Heist itself, and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot—a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?”
From what I understand – you either love or hate this novel. I, fortunately, DEVOURED this novel but as I read other reviews I do understand the points against the novel. I was really sucked into this novel and thought it was fast paced and full of excitement! I loved the setting and the premise. The characters were a little stereotypical but everything was, in my opinion, so great that I hardly even noticed until the end of the book and I looked back. There were moments where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough and, I’ll admit, I hardly noticed what was going on around me while reading. This is, of course, awful because I was at SCHOOL reading during recreational reading Friday! Whoops! All of the students wanted to know what book I was so sucked into and so I enjoyed giving them a teaser. No worries – I already sent this book title to the librarian to be pre-ordered.
Overall, I think this book was great and I know so many of my reluctant readers will not be able to put it down!
Note: I didn’t want to spoil anything but don’t think I didn’t pick up on the common themes between this novel and other “choice” picks.
To the FTC, with love: eARC from Edelweiss