Ah-freaking-mazing!!! This book is beyond good. There is not a review that will do it justice, I will try, but I promise you it will fall well short of conveying how awesome this book truly is. Emily O’Beirne is a masterful writer, every single one of her books blows me away for so many reasons, dialogue, characters, tension, everything is hands down done to perfection. This book may be her best yet.
Finn is this amazingly grounded teenager. She is inherently good and people can see that from miles aways. You know that this young woman is meant for greatness because she is one of those rare people who have character, charisma and exudes compassion for others. It’s a no brainer that she is chosen by her classmates to lead their group for the leadership camp.
The other main character is Willa. Willa is all business all the time. She is serious where Finn is lighthearted. Willa sees school as her chance to succeed in life and provides financially for her family. As a young child, Willa had to grow up too soon after the loss of her mother. Willa helps her elderly grandmother raise her two younger siblings, she works and attends an upper crust all-girls school on scholarship. She takes her responsibilities to heart and carries the load. She much older that her seventeen years. Her classmates view her as aloof in social settings but the ultimate competitor when it comes to academics. She’s the kid that studies when everyone else is having fun. She has too, success is the only option she sees for a bright future. Therefore her goal for leadership camp is to win, it is what is expected of her by her competitive classmates as well to herself.
These two couldn’t be more opposite but they are drawn to each other right from the beginning. Two very strong females, each with different assets but also so very kind and sweet. To me, I think they were drawn to each other by their strengths and they impressed by what they saw in each other. These characters are complex, multi-faceted and O’Beirne delivers them to you so you become 100% invested in their future. Finn and Willa are described so well you feel as though you know them in real life. You want to know them in real life!
The first half of the book is told from the perspective of Finn. We learn of her struggles leading her group that really doesn’t want to be there. They have drawn the wild card and have to play the role of refugees, no land, no resources, depending on others for survival in the game. Her friendship with Willa pushes her to be a better leader and to find her voice. I loved that the book then flipped to Willa’s point of view. It was fantastic to see the interworkings of her mind and just how smitten she was with Finn. For someone so serious to just have her heart stolen, those moments were amazingly sweet and tender. The little moments between them made a great book, phenomenal. Your heart is stolen right along with them.
I love how Emily O’Beirne includes diverse characters, bisexuality, and world issues all into a romance novel. It’s not preachy, or overdone, but she makes the reader stop and think all within the context of an amazing love story. This writer has serious skill! I loved that each of our mains had strength and frailty. They made each other better, they made others be better. Willa and Finn were awesome characters. I hated to see this book come to its end, and let me tell you when I found out there will be a sequel, there could have been some fist-pumping happy dance moves.
5 HUMONGOUS Stars
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing