Book Review: Children of Icarus


Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
Pages: 313
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Switch Press

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.”


Big thanks to Netgalley and Capstone for providing me with a digital copy of this book for review!

Children of Icarus… where to even begin with this book, it was such an incredible messed up whirlwind but I still find myself having so many mixes feelings about the whole thing. Overall I loved the whole concept of the book (mostly the way it incorporated the Icarus story in such a unique way by building this crazy world around it.)

Jumping right in I’ll say; I really didn’t like the protagonist so much. I guess after so many years reading YA books with strong female protagonists this one just kept hitting all the wrong notes in my opinion because she was so weak with little to almost no character development whatsoever. I mean throughout the book this character remained stagnant until the last chapters when she started to show a little growth. If this is going to be a series then I can almost forgive the minimal development of the characters  because that would give them more room to grow.

Aside from all that I generally loved the plot of the story, I admit I only kept reading because the story line kept me hooked and not because I connected to the main character in any way because she was just so bland.

One of my other bigger issues with this book aside from the protagonist was that there were moments in between big scenes when the pacing would just slow down and we’d have pages where nothing really significant happens and it got a little frustrating. Otherwise, when the story picked up it got so exciting because you’d never know what’s around the corner or which characters to trust. That’s what I loved most about this book; that it was so unpredictable!

I now understand why this book has been compared to The Maze Runner so many times and even though you could draw about a billion comparisons, Children of Icarus is totally it’s own story, the two world’s couldn’t have been any more different even though they both revolve around a maze.

Yeah so those are my thoughts on Children of Icarus, be sure to check it out if it sounds interesting! Thanks for reading!



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