Book Review of The Sandcastle Empire

The Sandcastle Empire
The Sandcastle Empire
Author: Kayla Olson
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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I got this book in one of my Owlcrates. This seems to be a stand alone book, but the ending didn't tie things up very well. I went through a dystopia reading phase a few years ago and am still burned out from it; it's not my favorite genre and this addition to the genre was mediocre at best.

I enjoyed the way the book started but once the characters get to the island and got involved with all these different competing factions the book became like a lot of other YA dystopian novels I have read.

The characters were really one dimensional and I didn't really enjoy them. A ton of characters are added in the last third of the book. The plot starts to get so convoluted that it was a bit hard to follow and just plain boring. It really didn't hold my interest and I almost stopped reading the book 400 pages in but decided to go ahead and push through.

The style of writing is very easy to read and there were some good action scenes towards the beginning of the story. It just couldn't hold my interest all the way through

Overall an okay YA dystopia/post-apocalyptic novel but not great. I enjoyed the beginning of the book but my attention really drifted towards the end and I almost stopped reading it. There are some neat ideas in here to start but it ended up being a pretty typical dystopian story by the end.