Crier is an Automade and the daughter of Hesod, the sovereign. However, a possible, compassionate flaw in her design alters her disposition to humans.
Ayla determines this can be achieved by killing his daughter, Crier. However, their lives become entwined by chance and the lines of loyalty are blurred for the Automade and the human. The best way to begin a review is to burst your bubble. It has fantastical elements, but the fundamentals of the story are dystopian. A battle between two different groups, leaving one victorious and another enslaved.
After years, the oppressed band together and form rebellions against their leaders. Sounds exactly like dystopian to me. So thank you, Nina Varela. I always find them tedious and insufferable to read, often lowering my ratings because I spent the entire book waiting for a kiss and, when my wish is finally granted, I no longer care about the book.
The tension that arose from something as simple as their knees brushing in a carriage was brilliant. Enemies to lovers has really lost its spark in recent times.
There are brief mentions of marriage between two males and the romance between Crier and Ayla is forbidden because Ayla is believed to be a rebel, not because of their gender. I love that fantasy worlds filled with tension, war, bloodshed, fighting, and rebellion are more harmonious than our current society in regards to same-sex couples.
Crier was undeniably my favourite character and one of the new loves of my life. As much as I love the dark, complex, immoral female character, I appreciate the soft girls even more. I feel like she was the typical vengeful character archetype with nothing left to care for, so she barricades herself against feelings and emotions. Majority of the book is spent introducing and building-up the conflict, though this is typical for the first book in a series.
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I felt like I had a deep understanding of the world and characters, especially with the excerpts from their history books at the beginning of the chapters. A lot of the discussion of the past was shown to us in unique ways instead of told, which I felt was exceptional at grasping the reason for the tension between the humans and Automade, while also upholding interest. There are a few plot similarities, but the comparison drew mainly from the ambitious female main character, vengeful, enslaved love interest, and plentiful political intrigue.
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