Date finished: Saturday 29th April 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.
Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.”
I had medium level expectations when I started this book. It’s been sat on the shelf since shortly after release because I won it in a giveaway on Twitter, and I decided as hardbacks are beasty books to have to carry around with them that I’d read it for readathon because then I could read the whole darn thing from the comfort of the sofa. I’ve read all the “Twilight” series, and while I am not a fan of the last book I did kind of enjoy the rest of the series.
This book didn’t seem to pick itself up at any point. I thought it was just slow going, but then I found myself halfway through the book still waiting for something of note to happen. I know this is Stephenie’s first foray into adult spy fiction, and judging on this she should probably stay with her young adult fantasy stuff.
The characters were very one dimensional, and it didn’t feel as though any character growth occurred throughout the duration of the book. We are thrown in with Alex (not her character’s real name but the name she uses for the majority of the book) and the explanations surrounding the predicament she was in just took such a long time coming and to get your head around.
I’ve been told “The Host” is a much better read from Stephenie, and I’ll be honest that one is at present still sat on my kindle awaiting judgement. I’ll definitely give it a bash, but I found this book really lacklustre and unfortunately in my opinion it ended up being 528 pages of mostly wasted time. A little bit too far fetched for my liking.
My rating: 5/10