It is all told from Sandry’s perspective, with the exception of the parts from the murders. The plot is quick, but the teaching element that is included is very interesting and not skimped on. It’s good to see an ‘ordinary’ student compared to the prodigies of Briar, Tris, Sandry and Daja.
My apologies for the big white spot on the cover photo – it doesn’t have this in real life! You will notice that at a glance this cover looks a lot like that of ‘Briar’s Book’. I think the cover art design is very nice though, and doesn’t give too much away. All 8 books I own in this series look fantastic together.
I really enjoyed this book, and I think that in terms of interest it is better than books 1, 2 & 4 of the first quartet. It is a good idea to read the first quartet before embarking on this one. However, with the other books in this quartet, you can read them in basically any order and it won’t affect your enjoyment of them.
I would recommend this book for children and teenagers alike. There is some uncomfortable content, including drug use (portrayed in a negative light) and also some meaningless and blood deaths.