Not sure why, but this one didn't resonate with me. I didn't have super high expectations for it, but I did expect to enjoy it. I didn't hate it, but I was also pleased to be done with it.
I think my main problem with this was how chaotic it was. There were so many different militias and characters and allegiances running around. None of them were distinct enough to seem remarkable, they just existed. So the entire time, I was just confused. Twists didn't feel like twists because I didn't understand their relevance. While partly due to a lack of knowledge on my part, I'd also attribute it to the messiness of the storytelling.
As for the romance, it was utterly unremarkable. Somehow both instalove and nonexistent, it didn't bug me, but it definitely isn't a reason to read this.
So, while not a bad book, also not a great one. I'm learning I'm not the biggest fan of YA Historical fiction, so part of that is on me.
Thanks to BookishFirst for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!