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SirLaddie wrote: 07 Feb 2020, 09:33 Too much darkness and violent thoughts at the beginning. This is more of an adult book than young adult.
Yes, pretty much from the very first page. I knew then I would have trouble relating...
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The book should be an adult book... Ya genre is too underrated considering the violent actions in the book
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I agree with you, this book could have gone in a different direction if it was put into the adult category. So much was left unexplored because of the rating, not to mention the creepy undertones some of the parts had. I would love to have seen this less restrained by trying to keep it as a YA book.
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Perhaps, the book might have been better as an adult fiction book, as opposed to YA. There were a lot of dark themes in the story. We could have delved a bit more into Terry's abduction and accidental death by Adam, his unhealthy obsession with his mother, his dismissive (and frankly sociopathic) perspective / attitude towards others, the story behind the Iksha, what they did regarding their attempts to wipe out the mutated Russian bloodlines, and what happened to his mother...

There were a lot of disturbing themes, scenes, and happenings involved within the entire story, and the YA label might have limited Calix Leigh-Reign a bit. I certainly would have preferred to see it as a sci-fi thriller.
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This book should have been an adult book considering how the toxic relationships of some of the characters were described .
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I haven’t read many of the other comments and I am still in the process of reading the book, but I want to lift this thought: YA in my country for example, does not usually include ‘teenagers’ (I.e 13-18) but rather ranges from 19-25. If I had to take this into context, I would probably say it is fine to be classified in this genre. I would certainly never suggest that a teenager reads this book.
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Some of the themes are way too dark for the YA genre. Perhaps if there were a lower age limit of 18+, that would be more appropriate. I know if I had read this as a young teen I would have been disturbed.
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I agree with a comment indicating that author added so much of everything that it ends up going everywhere instead of the directions she wanted to, there was so many ideas left hanging that you expect to appear later but they are just left as is. I am waiting for the next books in the series, maybe, they would do some justice but it appeared the writer had unique ideas but as story progressed, it felt prey to cliches and usual mainstream plot.
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I think that this book would be better suited for more mature audiences. The darker themes were interesting, and it was refreshing to see someone explore something so taboo in their writings, but the young adult rating definitely held her back. I found that this also caused some of the scenes to be underdeveloped.
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Brielle_S wrote: 17 Apr 2020, 23:44 I think that this book would be better suited for more mature audiences. The darker themes were interesting, and it was refreshing to see someone explore something so taboo in their writings, but the young adult rating definitely held her back. I found that this also caused some of the scenes to be underdeveloped.
I definitely agree. Along with the scenes, I don’t believe that the characters were allowed to fully develop. I would like to see this as an adult book.
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I thought as much, too many darkness and sexual pronouncement. It is truly an Adult book.
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SirLaddie wrote: 07 Feb 2020, 09:33 Too much darkness and violent thoughts at the beginning. This is more of an adult book than young adult.
I absolutely agree with you, Adam kidnaps a young girl, he used chloroform and tape her. It was planned!.
Only that scene makes this book an Adult book not a YA.
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I wonder how many high schoolers have got their hands on the book. YA already got lots of inadequate things on their hands, they don't need more
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I was a tad disappointed with the writers concept of presenting scenes to readers. I would prefer a switch to adult sci-fi rather than YA genre.
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Brielle_S wrote: 17 Apr 2020, 23:44 I think that this book would be better suited for more mature audiences. The darker themes were interesting, and it was refreshing to see someone explore something so taboo in their writings, but the young adult rating definitely held her back. I found that this also caused some of the scenes to be underdeveloped.
This is how I felt about the book as well. Though I'm not one to shy away from dark themes, these parts of the book felt awkward to me because they didn't fit the overall tone of the book and could never be explored in full due to the young adult classification. In my opinion, the book would have been better either as a young adult book without these themes (I think Adam's attraction to his mom could be removed without much damage to the plot) or as an adult scifi thriller.
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