Review: Girl Behind Glass by Abby Wilder

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    Hey, Germs! It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new book to review!  As I’ve said before, if you have a book you’d like me to review, just contact me at laura@germmagazine.com.  I appreciate input on what to read!  It’s always difficult to choose a book to review, and this month I chose Girl Behind Glass by Abby Wilder.

    Girl Behind Glass follows Willow Stanton, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a place called Nuovo.  There aren’t trees or animals, and food and water are scarce.  People consume nutrition pills and a product called “sustain” to survive. They live in a glass-domed city to separate nature and people since people are what destroyed nature.  Willow’s every day life spirals out of control, leading to a situation where she ends up dangling on the wrong side of the glass.  She lets go and finds herself in the world of Mudders — those who live outside the dome.

    What I Liked

    I really enjoyed the concept of a domed city.  It makes a clear cut line of what is considered right and wrong in the book, and I liked that we got that right off the bat.  It made me want to know more about the society, and, overall, there was a lot about the culture I really enjoyed.  All the people in this series are named after things in nature, like birds and animals and plants, which is very interesting.  I also really liked how realistically Willow reacted to her new situations.  She was confused and defiant and acted very much like any sixteen-year-old would when thrust into a new situation.  That aspect of the book was really believable. Very nicely done!  There were a lot of different types of characters, and that delighted me to no end.

    What I Didn’t Like as Much

    There were a few things I was less fond of.  There was a pretty big focus on romance, which I wasn’t expecting.  Also, it seemed to me that the book ended pretty abruptly.  You really only have your climax and a bit following it, including an epilogue, and then *poof* the book is over.  I was hoping for a little more falling action to help things resolve.  However, since this book is the first in a brand new series, it’s not as big of a deal.  I’m sure a lot of what I want will be covered in the next book!  The final thing that bugged me?  One of the characters has a pretty big flip in personality without much of an explanation.  I hope that will be covered in the next book as well!

    Conclusion

    Girl Behind Glass is an interesting read.  There was a lot that I enjoyed, but I also have a lot of questions that I want answered.  Girl on Glass usually goes for $3.99, but right now it’s free on Amazon.  I think I’d rate it at 4 stars.  I read it quickly and enjoyed it.  It’s a solid debut novel.

     

    crossposted on my personal blog
    LL Lemke is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loves writing science fiction and fantasy— or anything that is character driven. She still kind of wants to be a superhero or a ninja. She has a soft spot for villains in fiction.  She also loves reading (which is one reason she's Germ's indie book reviewer). Some favorites are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, JK Rowling... If she met any of them, she’s pretty sure she'd be completely unable to form coherent sentences. She is also a martial artist, with a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and currently training for her 3rd degree. She loves the martial arts almost as much as she loves writing. She enjoys incorporating the martial arts into her writing as well!  You can find her on tumblr and twitter, as well as visit her author page and blog.  Want to recommend an indie book for her to review?  Contact her at laura@germmagazine.com.

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