Very Violent But Intriguing
I'm pretty squeamish when it comes to violence, but the story was so good that I trudged through it. The setting is very interesting, but even more so than that is the characters. Elias was a very realistic character, and I felt that he had the most interesting storyline. I liked Laia okay. She was realistic, but I got annoyed with her insecurity - she keeps talking about how cowardly she is (a self-fulfilling prophecy) and it just gets annoying. But then, near the end, she does a (not quite) 180 and becomes a bit too cold. Honestly, Elias' best friend/second love interest, Helen, was more interesting to me, and I would rather have them together, as they have spent more time together and have good chemistry. But overall it was a good read -plus, it looks like Helen will be getting a larger role in the sequel (yes!) which is awesome.
Violence: Lots of violence. Many characters are killed, as the nature of the story is set in a very violent, Ancient Rome-like world. Many references of female characters getting raped/nearly raped. The Commandant is brutal and kills people and tortures them.
Sex: Some kissing. References to Masks seeking pleasure from female slaves.
Language: Some words like "hell" are used, but nothing too overt. "Skies" seems to be replacing the religious exclamation of "Oh my god".
Drinking: Some mentions of drinking/getting drunk. Elias pretends to be drunk at one point to distract a guard.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness