The Subjects: Aim by P. R. Castle
I am so greatful to Aus YA Bloggers for letting me join the blog tour for this book. I love any opportunity to read books by Aussie authors!
Aim is incredibly easy to read, from the first page you are thrown into this futuristic, whitewashed, technologically advanced, laboratory where you meet A and B.
To say this book is intense is an understatement, for the first half of the book, the twins are living in such a heightened state of awareness that it leaps from the page and drags you in to it too.
I did struggle with the amount of nothing that went on in the first half of the book. I understand it is important to build the plot and lay a foundation for the climax, but half the book is a little excessive. I am also struggling with the sisters as characters. I am finding them hard to relate to and quite empty. I realise they haven’t seen any other people or the real world before, and they havent had the opportunity to develop ‘real’ personalities, but they seem to be walking shells. One is Angry and the other is asleep or out to it in pain for the majority of the book.
Towards the end, I found the plot to be filled with cliches and highly predictable. I also found myself losing the ability to care for A and B. I think the problem is that there are so many scenes where nothing is happening, nothing is being added to the story, they are just sitting, stagnant, using dialogue to fill the gaps.
I will say, this book held my interest from the first page, It does have a unique spin on traditional YA Sci-fi. Filled with slight twists and turns that will force you to start connecting dots and an easy to read writing style.
Yes, Aim, is receiving mixed reviews, but if the blurb interests you, don’t let the reviews stop you from making up your own mind about A and B.
Thanks for reading!