- Ok, first things first, I loved how Marie Lu chose to print June and Day's perspectives in different fonts and colors. I really like this mainly because I have a tendency to forget who's perspective I'm reading in, like I'll be reading for a while and suddenly, in the middle of the chapter I'll just randomly forget who's point of view I'm reading from, and the fonts and colors really helped clear it up for me. Plus, it didn't hurt that the fonts totally matched their personalities. I just can't help thinking about how much brown ink publishers must have wasted.
- At the beginning of the book, I thought that Day actually did kill Metias and I was raging for a long time thinking, "Aaaghhh why didn't he just aim somewhere else? Like why couldn't he just have hit him in the leg? Or the arm? Or the hand? Or the foot? Or anywhere else?" Because it made me mad to think that the first person Day killed was the brother of June who I ship him with. But then when I realized that he didn't actually kill Metias I was like, "Oh thank the gods!" and let out a long, relieved sigh.
- I ship June and Day so badly. They are like perfect. Does anyone know what their ship name is? Dune? Jay? I have no idea, but I don know that they would be perfect together. At first I was hoping that Tess and Thomas would somehow get together so that June and Day wouldn't get distracted by them, but now I realize how horrible that ship is. Butter once told me, "You can't just ship the stragglers." and it's true, you can't. But June and Day though! When they kissed I could almost see the fireworks. And do you guys remember when Day was taking his jacket off and June thought that it was for her and she said, "Don't take your clothes off." but then she realized that the jackst was for Tess, oh my gods I was laughing so hard. I reread that part at least 10 times!
- Thomas. Well, I think he sucks but oh my gods, when he heard June and Day kissing over the microphone I was like, "How dare you listen in on that huge ship moment! Get out of this book!". And when he tried to kiss June, aaghhhhhhh it was very upsetting, good thing June pushed him away, or else I would have went on a rampage. And then when I realized that he was the one who killed Metias... Grrrrrrrr.... I can feel the heat rise up to my face in anger as I type. Man, with a name 'Thomas' I was expecting him to be a good guy, since the Thomas from 'The Maze Runner' was a good guy, but I guess not.
- Tess. She seems sweet enough. In the beginning of the book when Day kept calling her 'cousin' I actually thought that they were cousins until I realized that it was just slang. My gods, if I just went up to my friend and said, "Yo, what's up, cousin?" I have no doubt that they would look at me like I'm a mad man. But Tess, really does seem nice and sweet, I was just a little worried that she would mess up my ship between Day and June, which I still have no idea for what their ship name is. I still think that Tess will make a mess of the ship eventually, because I have no doubt that she has a crush on Day, 'cause from I read Day is amazingly awesome, I would have a crush on him if I were Tess.
- For the last paragraph I was about to add on how Day is like Percy Jackson, before I realized that June is like Annabeth, and Thomas is like Luke! Please, hear me out. Okay, so I'm not talking appearance wise, I'm talking personality wise, 'cause if we were talking appearance wise then none of this would make sense.
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- So Day is like Percy 'cause sometimes they do stupid things before thinking it through, they can fight, and they would both do anything to protect the people they love.
- June is like Annabeth, because they are both extremely smart and intelligent, they're both strategic and think things through unlike *cough cough* I was talking *cough* about in the *cough * last paragraph *cough cough*. Sorry, sore throat. And it's obvious that they can both take care of themselves.
- Thomas is like Luke, because at first he was good friends with June (Annabeth) but then he betrayed her to help a someone who has power. But during all of that, he never stopped liking June. And at first June saw Thomas like a big brother, like how Annabeth saw Luke.
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- Okay, so in the book, June claims that Day got a perfect 1500 on his Trials even though his score says he failed. I do believe that Day got a perfect score on it, because he's actually a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for, and he's extremely bright. In the first book, it doesn't go in depth about why the score he got says he failed, and if the reason they failed him was because they wanted to experiment on him to see why he was so awesome, then why him and not June? Because if I did my math correctly, June and Day would have taken the Trials the same year. So why take Day and not June?
- I thought that there was the right amount of death in the book to keep it realistic, and to make me worried that maybe my favorite characters will die at the end. For some books, no one ever dies so it's just unrealistic and you don't take the possibility of someone dying seriously. But that wasn't a problem in this book. The death of Day's mom and brother was enough for me.
- I wasn't too upset when Day's mom died, because I didn't feel really attached to her. But I felt bad because Day obviously loved her, and right when Day communicates with her again, and she realizes that he's not dead, she gets shot. Oh, that's another reason I don't like Thomas, he's the one who killed her. I know that if he didn't shoot her, someone else would have done it eventually, but the way he did it, he didn't even hesitate. He probably didn't even feel anything when he killed an innocent person.
- When John died, I was very upset. After all those flashbacks that Day had about him, I finally started to get emotionally attached, but then shortly after he died. I thought that it was insanely honorable and brave of him to do what he did to protect his little brother. I really admire him for having the guts to do that. And it makes me really upset that he died, because he was a great person, and the only reason that Day tried to break out was to save his brothers, he didn't care whether or not he himself survived, yet he was the one to live while John died. But at least Day can still try to save Eden.
Overall, I thought that the book was fantastic, there was suspense, action, romance and the perfect amount of death, it had everything it needed to be an amazing book. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars. Everything was perfectly paced for me, nothing felt too awkward or unnecessary, I thought that it was wonderful. I can't wait to read the next book!