Every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a televised performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of the major city find themselves chosen to be in this Summer's Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their budding feelings for each other?
This book was insane. It was scary, and full of dystopian elements, but with a hint of romance and danger. I really liked the character of Leela, because she was so determined to stay in the circus, so that she could go to the center and find a cure for her mother. I don't know if her mother's sick, or just plain crazy.
The story and plot reminded me of the Hunger Games a lot. A group of kids, sent off to an arena, to fight to the death. There were several differences, where the author really made it her own, by adding the element of horror, and the whole 'circus' thing.
For one, the tributes volunteered. They volunteered, without having any idea of what they were getting into. Secret societies? They've got them, but nobody knows. For two, the volunteers weren't straight-up killing each other, there was just a variety of accidents that were getting rid of them. Scary, right?
Back to Leela, Zachary, and Thomas. I really liked them all, but I'd have to say that Leela was my favorite. Her determination, hope, and overall niceness won me over.
To be honest, I completely loved this story. It was violent, and gory, and I loved every second of it. The one thing that bothered me was the authors flowery way of putting things, and the cliffhanger ending, because you know how much I hate that. It's just a bit confusing, but I still loved it.
Selling over half a million books, Kailin Gow has been a bestselling author of over 100 distinct books which includes the Desire Series, PULSE, Wicked Woods, and the Frost Series. She has been professionally published since 2001. She was one of the first authors for young readers to write books for girls with supernatural elements. Her first book series about extraordinary girls guided by an angel in 2001, was a success, selling thousands of print copies in days, and inspiring girl book clubs around the U.S.
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