This is the first installment in a survival trilogy by Scott Sigler. I didn’t know what to expect from this book when it caught my eye in the bookstore. I turned to the first page blindly and immediately the plot’s pace was already picking up a rapid and intriguing pace. Soon enough, I realized why this story was so swiftly built up. It is a novel of mystery that has you question until the very end.
Scott Sigler’s world of questions and confusion, starts with the protagonist waking up in a coffin. She doesn’t know where she is, who she is, or why she got there. It reminded me of Lord of The Flies and The Maze Runner because soon she realizes she is not the only one and that there is an enigma waiting to be unfolded.
The main protagonist goes by Em, and soon enough she is thrown into the position of leadership because she is different from the rest. Her and the others have very muddy memories, one in which they only have small pieces to their past. Building up a society in an unknown land of dust and bones, Em and the others have to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong. Most of all, they have to figure out where they are and how to get out before it’s too late.
This is a bit gory for a YA novel but nonetheless, the conclusion was thrilling which brought much anticipation for the next novel in the trilogy. I believe this would be a great crossover for adults to pick up as well. There is a good amount of antagonists, conflicts, and thoughtful scenes that really keep the plot moving.
Em, the main character is apart of that mystery. It is a wonder how she is the one to lead the group, when thoroughly the other characters remember that she isn’t the one meant to lead. But there is something special, maybe it’s how she broke out of her coffin or how strong she is, but her memories seem to be the most important.
I recommend this novel for those who wants to be surprised by it’s many twists and turns. It is a book with quandary and survival for the many characters that endure it and yourself. It really makes you think – what would happen if you were in that situation? Would you be a leader or a follower? Leading seems to be the biggest theme in this novel besides the bloodshed and survival within it. The moment you pick it up you will be flipping the pages till the very end.
By Jaidyn Tibeau