This was an easy read and it felt fun. This doesn't mean it is watered-down or overly simple -- Kurti has a nice vocabulary. It reads very visually (no surprise, given Kurti's background writing screenplays). Also...
- The tone reminded me of Stitching Snow, the premise shared some with Partials and Spark, and many details are comparable to Angelfall. But Maladapted isn't quite like any of these -- which is to its credit. But I think if we must pick a shared fanbase, it's more like a less-grisly male answer to Angefall OR a book for fans of Partials than it is in any way like The Maze Runner (which it's being tied to all over, including on the cover).
- I loved all the chrome (shiny sci fi bits). Eeee.
- Kurti has a real talent for efficiently using a few carefully selected details to quickly paint a scene.
- I read it quickly and wanted to keep reading. It was fairly fast-paced.
- But this could be why I didn't feel connected to the characters or character relationships. I think there was lots of action and not enough intimacy with these people I need to care about -- they don't ever slow down long enough for those intimate moments to happen. One character also does a really unlikable thing late in his/her development which disappointed me; it felt like we weren't making progress. But there is a male protag! Those are less common in the YA I'm sent (or that I pick, either one, ha!).
- There are some very predictable moments.
- There's this weird trademarking (maybe?) going on? Kurti types the numerals for small numbers -- like 2 and 3 --instead of writing them out as a word. It was surprisingly distracting.
- Every now and then the wording was clunky.
Yes, you would like it Dad. I also have a few other friends I will be recommending this to as well.
I can't say I'm hanging out for the next installment, but I certainly didn't waste my time -- for the SF content alone it was a nice little hit.
Available in bookstores tomorrow.
Review copy received from Walker Books.