First things first, I love that the main character of this book has a disability, and not only does it not hold her back, but it helps her excel at her job. My heart warmed with the representation and the positive message it gives to young readers.
As for the plot, I was immediately drawn in, and the plot moved fast enough to keep me drawn in throughout the entire book. There were times when I had a hard time keeping all the names of places, languages, etc. straight, but that did not deter me.
The relationships in this book are built up beautifully. Whether its between family, friends, or potential love interests, everything is completely real, and some things are completely heartbreaking. Marie Lu's writing is so spectacular that I felt so deeply for a character that was not in the story for very long.
Red and Talin in particular have a great relationship. Instead of going from enemies instantly to love interests, they went through the stages of getting to know each other, and now there is a chance that there could be more, but it feels natural and not forced. Their relationship is the type of slow burn that you know will be rewarding in how it plays out.
This book ending with a promise of a sequel, and I can't wait to see how the story plays out!