|A Promising Dystopian Read|
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley and Delacorte Books. Thank you to the author for an opportunity to read the book.
Mystic City is a YA Dystopian book set in a futuristic Manhattan about a rich teen girl that is manipulated into a semblance of an engagement by her family and her so-called fiancée; although she knows in heart that all is not what it seems.
The story line is a great idea; action, intrigue, murder, drugs, sex, a secret love affair between two opposing families...what's not to like? Unfortunately the execution and development of the story not to mention the characters is what makes this YA although I personally feel it should be a New Adult read, go awry.
It is Manhattan in the future and it is flooded, global warming has caught up with the world and there is a new species of humans called "Mystics", they possess special energetic powers and were the engineers of the construction of new cities above all the water, all over the world. When the powers that be saw that "Mystics" could take over and rule, a tragic explosion conveniently occurs and suddenly Mystics are being made to register and are drained of their powers; not only for the energy to sustain the city but to make a drug called "Stic" that temporarily makes ordinary humans feel "Mystic".
Aria seems unaffected by her station, making her character likable however all the other characters are just flat,insipid, and her parents sound just hateful. The story starts off really slow, and Aria eventually evolves and develops some backbone but everyone else including her true love interest, Hunter is just stagnant. Not until the very end of the story when Aria finally gets her memories back, do we get glimpses of what her love affair with Hunter was really like and the other characters develop through her eyes. The story suddenly takes off and just when it really begins to get interesting it ends abruptly.
It is so frustrating when a great idea begins to develop but then doesn't quite come to fruition. There is drug use, a quite sensual scene, murder, and violence; the tag states a read for ages 12 and up but personally I think it should be 16 and up.