The premise of this book is really good. When I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read this book and I guess I sort of had high hopes for it. It has all the potential of being a fantastic book. The whole idea.
After reading the book I can still say that the concept and the whole premise of this book is still very intriguing to me. I told my family about the book because it really shows so much promise.
There are two main problems I have with this book though. First is the lack of emotion. I just didn't become emotionally involved. The story is told so factually and the little emotions that were displayed were just not enough. I never became invested emotionally.
The second problem I had is that John was supposed to be 15 years old. He did not sound, act or talk like any 15 year old that I have ever known. I think I got that John was mature beyond his years, and he was raised in a completely different kind of world but I didn't believe he was 15. Not once.
But, having said that, it was such an interesting idea. I was, and still am, curious about the plot. I want to become personally invested in this book. It was a clean read- no swearing, no sexual situations, which I really appreciated. I loved how John's parents taught him about the founding fathers of our nation. They never forgot what this country was built on. I wish we could all remember that today. It really is a plot that I can really get behind. I just needed more emotional connections and a more believable age for the main character. I'm hoping I get it in the next book. (which I will be reading)
Enjoy the following excerpt!
Even with the gear stuff, I know I have caused enough damage to incapacitate this young soldier and prepare to engage his companion. I have angered them which is good. My dad always said if I can get someone to become emotional I have already won because they are not thinking with a clear mind. He rushes with no technique which allows me to grab the back of his head, controlling his movement, allowing me to put him into a front choke hold. He immediately taps out, knowing it will only be seconds before blackness overwhelms him.
Now it’s only David and me, and he is still very furious remembering how I’d humiliated him and more importantly, he believes that I have taken his rightful place, being the number one cadet.