Wow, what a short story! I came into this not having read Ignite (sadly – I hope to change that sometime!), and while a few parts were a tiny bit confusing, it was still heartbreaking! While I’d definitely recommend reading Ignite first, there’s still so much to enjoy in this one.
Characters: Ares was such a cute little guy! I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a book where the main character was only five years old, but hey, it worked. His little sister, Astrid, was also such a sweetheart. And they both acted like realistic kids. (Except for the superpowers, that is.) The parents … yeah. That was rough. That’s all I’m going to say there so I don’t spoil everything.
Plot/Setting/Writing Style: The plot was pretty straight-forward, and there definitely was some suspense while you waited for the inevitable to happen – you just didn’t know when it would come! The emotional impact of it all, though, was tough. I’ve never read anything quite like this story, so how the superpowers were addressed was interesting. And for the writing … wow. The kids actually seemed like kids, and that’s not an easy thing to do at all. That was superb.
Moral/Theme: This was where I would’ve liked to see a little more. Maybe just because it was a short story, and I didn’t know the whole context of the rest of Ares’ story, was the reason I kind of missed a theme or moral? I’m not sure, but that’s the one area I would’ve preferred more – but then again, this a prequel and a short story.
Overall, this was an original, clean read. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author in the future!
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