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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Want is a young adult dystopian fiction novel much in the same vein as Hunger Games and Divergent. Aurelia Cole has been selected for the prestigious honor of working at the Lunar City Hospital - home of the Elitists and ruling class of the Earth Empire. Author Magus Tor knows every trope and theme of the genre from the gritty realism in the control of the cities, to the reckless and dangerous hope instilled in rebels questing for freedom against a government bent on suppression, control, and keeping the lower class low. The premise and history behind this world were stressful, terrifying, and pretty well thought out.
Aurelia was a conundrum for me. I liked her because she was smart and seemed like she had a clear head and was pretty insightful, yet I didn't understand her internal conflict when dealing with both the Resistance and with Lunar City in general. It was almost as if she had all these intelligent thoughts, but still couldn't make up her mind one way or another. Additionally, there is a love triangle...of course there is...it wouldn't be young adult fiction without two manly heart-breakers out there to woo our relatively plain heroine. So, I hope she grows up a bit in the next book. Book one is hard because it's about laying the groundwork and showing a flawed character so that they can grow and learn throughout either the book or the series.
Numbered Book 1 ends drastically, with so many plot twists that you are going to have to re-read it several times to ensure that you know what really happened. The ending was pretty shocking and was a definite cliff-hanger. If you are looking for something to help you fill the void where Hunger Games left you, try this one!