I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #1
Published by Skyscape on August 5th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Mystery, Young Adult
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 shecame 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.
Kai is one determined young lady..She seems like she’s incapable of even finding her brother, but by the end she goes through a transformation that was really nice to see. I did admire the fact that Kai wasn’t automatically amazing at everything she does. She struggles a lot. It’s refreshing to have a character who isn’t so good at everything. Detailed descriptions of the world and its history, but then there was also mythology thrown in at the end, and I was still aghast as to what type of world this was?
The good parts of this book? The eye catching cover that caught my eye when I saw it in the book store..The setting where everything takes place, a future where people live in a city governed by someone who has magic. The characters who are more than what they seem. The plot which is simple enough as a rescue mission to help her brother who is always helping her. I liked all of these things. Even the pacing was pretty great, because I was never bored and I was always looking forward to diving back into the world.
The things that bothered me? The constant lamentation of her love for her best friend..I know it was supposed to be tortured and it wasn’t supposed to be a priority at all, but in the end, it annoyed me because I couldn’t take any more of the praises Kai was screaming about him. It was sweet at times, but yikes just tell him already! LOL The mish-mash of all the genres, there’s dystopian, magic, science fiction, post-apocalyptic and then mythology? The last one had me surprised and in a way it did fit, but then it didn’t. I think this book was trying to be too many genres as one, but maybe we’ll see how it all plays out in the sequel which I will read next.
Gates of Thread and Stone is a novel that will get you hooked into its world at the very beginning and will have you wondering if it’s really over. A great debut, I highly recommend it for any dystopian fan!