The pacing of this book is really quick, it doesn't drag something is always happening. I really enjoyed that for about the first half of the book and then it started to bug me. We didn't get to really know any of the characters in depth. This really started to bug me in the last half to a third of the book. I was reading this book and getting annoyed, rather frustrated and confused. While I understood what was going on on the page I just didn't get the underlining why. Now that I'm done with it and have stepped back a bit I can really appreciate that those feelings are the same that the characters in the book would be feeling which is probably why this book sucked me in so much. I read this book in about a day and just couldn't put it down which is strange because I don't feel the need to run out and buy the next book (I'm 48th on the hold list at the library and really okay with that) but at the same time the story is burning away in the back of my brain. I enjoyed this book but at the same time there are so many holes and weird character choices that I don't feel the need to run and tell everyone to read it. I guess it's not that the book is bad, it's just not good.
Random book gripe: telepathy? Why? It just seemed random and kinda lazy.
What is the deal with WICKED? What do they expect a rag tag group of kids to do to address the issues from the Flare? Did WICKED "rescue" the kids to manipulate their feelings in the next stage of trials? Will they get their memories back? How involved are Teresa and Thomas? If their memories comeback how will that impact their feelings on the creators, the trials, and their goals/purpose?
I also read the preview of the next book that was at then end of the copy I read, I wonder what happened to Teresa but I'm not to worried about her, I'm sure whatever it is sucks but to kill her off would be really silly (and I would really hope they wouldn't fridge her in the first chapter of the next book)