As an occasional reader of YA dystopia, I really wanted this to be more interesting than it was…great idea and great world building, but I didn’t care enough about the characters. In fact, I don’t think I cared about a single one of them, except Thomas because he is the protagonist and it was kind of difficult to not care about him. I was also very frustrated by everyone keeping hush about things they knew when Thomas first arrived at the Glade. What was the point of all the secrecy? It’s also kind of obvious who will survive in the end so, although the ending tries to be unpredictable, I guessed it before I got half way into the book. And, without spoiling the story, for kids that are supposed to be so “clever” that they were chosen to be there, they didn’t seem all that smart. Maybe it’s just me who didn’t quite buy it… Saying all this, I have bought the sequels (I’m obviously a closet optimist) and hope they will entertain me more than this one did.