I’m not sure how to rate this novel. It is Lauren Oliver after all – that woman can write! But I think this might be the only reason I kept going. Lauren Oliver has one of the most compelling writing styles I’ve ever come across. Even if the plot is really slow (or non-existent…) her descriptions and the authentic characters she creates keep me reading.
Which is why I’d love to give a better rating than I did. But I simply can’t. The plot in this one is simply non-existent for the first half of the novel and by the time things start to happen, the reader has pretty much figured out what the big twist is going to be in the end. From then on you keep reading in order to find out if you’ve guessed right – which I did.
I feel like this novel was published too early – and kind of unfinished – in order not to miss the Gone Girl / We were Liars / Girl on the Train /etc. bandwagon. Maybe it’s time Oliver got back to writing for adults since Rooms was a very promising step in that direction.