I have never read a Kate book before so I had no idea what to expect going into this one but I wanted to give this author a chance to impress me. The summary drew me in… can you imagine being a woman and not being allowed to cry? That at every moment of your life you had to hold your emotions in, categorize them into files and forget about them because you could not properly express what you were feeling. Becoming a social outcast because you can’t find the time or energy to relate to all of the emotional teenagers you are constantly around and the fact that you can only rely on two people, one of which is acting like an ass towards you. All of this is happening to the main character in the book which does sound like a depressing tale but Eureka handles all of this and she is only 17. I felt her character was so strong even though she obviously had dark moments in her past and in her own thoughts. I felt for her and I felt connected with her. I have to give props to Kate on this one because to make such a depressing character be strong and relatable is a task that the author pulled off with ease.
Beside the main character having her own struggles there is a cast of supporting characters who each have something to add to the story. There are twists, turns, and plenty of secrets about Eureka’s life that will have you reading those pages fast from the beginning of the book because you want to find out why she can’t cry and why all of these people are in her life telling her only half truths. I know I was caught up and I wanted to know more about the tale of Atlantis that was briefly brought up to tease the reader. I do have to say that as a reader you will have to stick with this section of the book where you don’t know much about Eureka’s world because it does take a long time for Kate to FINALLY explain something to you. So while I wish she would have told us more as the 450 pages of this story were going I have to respect the way she leaves us hanging on, waiting desperately to find out the story behind Eureka’s past.
Overall, this book brings fresh life to the YA genre in the fact that it is a paranormal book but it isn’t the standard story. There is a love triangle, teenage emotions, secrets, and suspense but the idea behind Eureka and her world are pretty unique and I can’t wait to find out where this series is headed because I feel we only scratched the tip of the iceberg and we need to know more now.