by Theo Lawrence
YA Sci-fi Dystopian
Published: October 9th 2012
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud-and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection-and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city-including herself.
Ok, first ignore the promotions that say this book is for fans of Matched and The Hunger Games. The only thing it has in common with these books is the dystopian aspect - which is more sci-fi dystopian than Matched and The Hunger Games ever were. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and wasn't sure how I would like it. I think the main problem is that it was just marketed incorrectly. Mystic City is set in a magical dystopian New York City. But not fantasy magical - more sci-fi. I really did like the world the author created. It was probably the best part of the book.
Aria's character was... um... stupid. She kept doing things she knew were dangerous and not talking to the people she should have. Honestly, from page on I knew what happened between Aria and Thomas. It was very obvious. Hunter was a decent character. We really didn't get to see too much of him being him - it was more him saving Aria from whatever stupid thing she decided to do. I actually think Davida and Turk were my favorite characters and we don't see them that often.
I enjoyed the book and will be reading the next one. I would recommend it to sci-fi romance fans more than I would dystopian fans.