Since she was a child, Astrid has served as a surrogate to Princess Renya, taking her punishments whenever she steps out of line. This year, she’s competing in the Race of Oblivion to finally gain citizenship for herself and her family. The race is deadly – the competitors are desperate to win and will do anything to keep others from beating them. But competing could be her only chance to escape the horrors of her life.
I think I’ve made it a point to always be honest with you all, so I’m not going to lie. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as I’d hoped. I still enjoyed aspects of it, like the concept behind the story and the relationship between Astrid and her siblings. The world that this book takes place in is wonderfully crafted. As much as I tried to enjoy it, though, there were some issues that I just couldn’t overlook.
I think my main issue with Crown of Oblivion was pacing and development. There was so much happening in a relatively little amount of time that I was left reeling. Also, I struggled with all of the characters coming in and out, because some seemed as if they would be more important later than they actually were. I found the romance abrupt and incredibly brief – there were a few signs leading up to it, but I think it definitely could’ve had more development. Overall, I enjoyed the concept of this book, but I wish it had been developed more than it was.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): death, violence
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