- Page Count: 335
- Release Date: August 5, 2014
- My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads book description:
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
I was pretty skeptical about this one since I hadn’t heard a ton of positive reviews, but it was actually a really fun read!
I was just skimming the first few pages trying to get a feel for the book when the main character’s voice totally pulled me in. The writing was strong, the worldbuilding was creative, and I loved the characters! Kai was a pretty likable MC and her voice was believable. This book is very YA, though… think love triangles & cheesy tension.
Kai can control the threads of time, but doesn’t know why and can’t remember her life from before she was eight. An older teen found her and raised her, so the story begins with him going missing. Kai and her super attractive guy friend Avan go into the wastelands outside the city in search of her “brother” and the Black Rider who supposedly kidnapped him. They eventually wind up in this Essen Tasch-type tournament and… a bunch of weird stuff involving Famine, Death, Time, and other immortals comes into play. (This stuff was equal parts fascinating and confusing/weird).
The first part in the city was my favorite. The worldbuilding was really unique — it felt like some medieval fantasy city with dystopian & futuristic elements because they rode around on mechanical beasts powered by magic stones. Some parts were kind of complicated and unclear, though. I guess it’s all explained in the end, but I didn’t care too much because everything turned into an answer dump. So the first 85% of the book was good but the end just got weird.
I’m not sure if I’ll check out the sequel since I didn’t like the ending, but the rest of the book was good! It’s nothing particularly memorable, but is still a really fun YA fantasy book.