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I would recommend this book, in fact the entire trilogy, to readers. This is YA (young adult) fiction along the lines of other presently popular novels like The Hunger Games trilogy. And it is this age group that I feel will enjoy these books the most. It too deals with a dystopian future and explores themes such as 'being different', love, friendship, fighting against a system that is wrong. It is beautifully written and although not especially challenging reading, has some really interesting ideas that I was fascinated by.
This is the second book in the series, and I did feel at times that some of the content was 'filler', however, because I was hooked from the first book, I couldn't put it down. I really wanted to see where the author was going with it. The characters in the story are likeable enough, there were times when I wasn't sure who was who, but the main characters were well developed and to be honest speed reading probably didn't help me there! The main character did vaguely annoy me at times, but that's probably an age/relational issue (I'm definitely out of the YA category!)
I think my favourite thing about this book is the whole concept of the world that the author has created. It really touched me in places and made me question a great deal about humanity and what makes us who we are. That 'thing' that people in the book are missing, seems so small, but without it...what are we?