Plot: Full of mystery and mind-bending intrigue, with a dash of unrequited romance, this novel entertains from start to finish. Utilizing a unique permutational approach, the book flows nicely and the modular mechanics underneath the surface are seamless. The work pairs nicely parallels the disorientation of the mysterious underground labyrinth with the apprehension of navigating romantic feelings amidst an established friendship.
Prose/Style: On a sentence level, the writing is above average. The unique structure of the book is pulled off deftly. The dialogue feels natural, and lends well to the characterization.
Originality: The permutational structure of the book is new and exciting. That aside, the plot and setting are fresh and quickly draw readers in.
Character Development: The book is centered around two characters, both thoughtfully rendered. As the twisting plot introduces doppelgängers, the characterization between them becomes increasingly compelling as their relationship becomes fraught in their fight for survival. Ultimately, the bond between these two serves as a poignant backbone for the story.
Date Submitted: April 03, 2020