I finished this book about a week ago, and I'm just now ready to write about it. The premise of the book is one big spoiler, so if you don't want to know, STOP READING!

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I did not know the "secret" when I started this book. I'm glad I didn't. It was a bit of a shock, and one that seemed necessary. Had I known what Melanie was I would have thought differently about her. It was, in my opinion, an amazing strategy to introduce the reader to Melanie without disclosing the "secret." I was absolutely enthralled by the story taking place in the "classroom," and wanted so much more of it. It was fascinating trying to figure out why these children were special, and why they lived in the conditions described. However, after the big reveal, the mid-book section (jesus, this is hard to talk about without giving anyting away!) seemed like a bit of a letdown. This is, essentially, a reimagining of a whole genre, but the mid-section seemed so... stock footage. The standard-issue "evil doctor" had me rolling my eyes so hard. Do we really need that character? I get it- it's a way to show us how awful humanity can be. But it's just so ham-fisted I can't take it seriously. Humans acting human is pretty effective way to show us how awful humanity can be. And that would be much more interesting to read. The ending of the book, however, left me speechless. I thought is was an amazing way to close the story, and it touched me in a way that I didn't think it could. It took me quite a while to figure out how I felt about the story. I loved it.

What did you think?