Top critical review
Focused plot, good insights into human nature
August 28, 2014
Mitchell has crafted a believable futuristic world and populated it with meaningful characters. In the midst of a top-rate plot, he postulates some questions at the core of all people: what makes life fulfilling, significant? In the course of a story with surprise twists we start to see answers to this question arise, answers that are believable because they tap into our deep longings and questions.
But don't worry, the story doesn't get lost in philosophical play. It is a good story. The characters seem to act the age that they are instead of being 18 year olds inhabited by middle-aged thinkers with middle-aged skills. Most young adults will enjoy this story because they can identify with the characters and will be pulled into this page turning story. As an adult, I found the story pulled me in, which is quite a feat.
I hope people take the time to consider the ideas of this story as much as they simply enjoy the story. I'm looking forward to seeing what Mitchell will produce as he hones his writing skills and gets the broader readership that he deserves. In a murky sea of teen fiction, this is a refreshing addition.