A series of unfortunate decisions send Maya and Taylor to Sub Wars where they meet the Warden Laurie whose job is to train them to survive the battles not realizing that that there is an entirely different path waiting for all of them. What follows is a fast paced adventure filled with mutant humans, nocturnal predators and plant life that can protect itself.
In the beginning the story is a bit stilted, with a lot of exposition fit into the conversations and relationships between the characters and the situation that lands Maya and Taylor into trouble seems far fetched given the strictures of their society. However once the story leaves the city, it and the characters move full speed ahead, being both enjoyable and intense.
There is always the chance of becoming preachy when dealing with an ecosystem apocalypse. I happy to say that wasn’t the case here. Instead, the story is a surprisingly original take on the theme.
Poor Taylor seems to be more of a plot device, at times, than a character and some of the outside characters, such as Baba, could stand to be fleshed out a bit more. The reader has to trust in the main characters experience when dealing with them. Luckily those characters, Coal in particular, come across as trustworthy. There is plenty of unwritten back story begging to be told and I imagine plenty more story to come.