Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith (Book Review)


Publisher: Switch Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Page Count
: 313

**I was provided with a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I went into this book being mainly interested in the mythological aspect of the Children of Icarus. However, that was handled in the prologue and after that I was plummeted into a far more twisted tale than I expected. The pace varied a lot, changing from being holed up in a secret base for weeks to barely escaping gruesome monsters. I can definitely see why people would draw comparisons between this story and the Maze Runner, even more than just in terms of the labyrinth. Then again, I wasn’t a big fan of the series and unfortunately I didn’t really click with Children of Icarus either.

At first it was infuriating that we never find out the name of the main protagonist, but in a way I think it helped connecting with her a little more. She could be annoying because she was often mute in the most inopportune moments but she could also be anyone, maybe even you if you were thrown into a terrifying labyrinth forced to fight for survival. It isn’t really easy to like anyone in this story though, because as soon as you start to feel safe with a person they turn into monsters or psychos. Looking at the situation all of those admittedly very young people were in, it makes sense that they wouldn’t be sane, but I still couldn’t understand some of their actions.

I liked what it lead to in the end, even though I have a gazillion questions now. I want to know what happened to some of the characters and just generally what happens next. I could definitely imagine this becoming a series. So, it wasn’t a terrible read at all! Even though the pacing was a little off, it was still a super fast read. But some of the disturbing parts simply made it the kind of story I wouldn’t usually seek out.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars. I am afraid this wasn’t for me, but I can imagine others finding this kind of tale very fascinating!


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