It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.” – Goodreads.com
The description of this book immediately made me want to read it. If the protagonist had actually been Clara, I might have enjoyed it more.
This has shades of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner all over it – only it happens within a labyrinth. I’ll try to be fair about the protagonist in Children of Icarus – but I’m not making any promises. She’s an only child and for 16 years lives in a single building where she attends classes, social activities, etc. Sheltered life is an understatement. Around page 30, I decided she was useless, helpless, and utterly lacking in survival instincts and hoped she was eaten by the otherworldly monsters outside their shelter. That, coupled with the fact that the reader never knows her real name, made it impossible for me to connect with her. By the time she begins to show some backbone, her actions seem to come out of left field and are entirely unbelievable.
The secondary characters possess more depth and intrigue and are the reason I continued reading. I liked the writing style and mythological aspects mentioned in this book and the ending gives an interesting setup for the sequel, which I suspect will be a better read and will hopefully expand on the world-building.
Children of Icarus would appeal to fantasy and dystopia fans – and judging by some other reviews, many loved this book – but it wasn’t really for me. This book is scheduled for publication August 1st, 2016.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.