When I was offered this book I had to take it. I’ve heard about it a few times and wanted to see what the fuss was about. I didn’t know much except that it was about sex trafficking. Personally, I had no problem with my unfamiliarity as I prefer going into a book as blind as possible. I actually haven’t even read anything by Paige Dearth before ‘One Among Us’. It was much different than I expected. While I do have a few complaints, I read this book quicker than I’ve read a book in a long time. At 620 pages, I thought it would take me a bit to get through but that wasn’t the case at all. After sitting to read a few pages while my son was at school, I looked up to see I had read almost 300 pages. It is without a doubt an addicting book.
I did find myself emotionally attached to most of the characters. They had it rough and I needed something good to happen to them. From page one, the book opens with horrible cruelty. It caught me off guard with how graphic it was. I assume that was the point but I do feel this isn’t the book for people that may have triggers with sexual abuse or similar issues. While dark, I did laugh a few times. The characters become like friends by the end of the book. Caring for the characters left me on the edge of my seat the entirety of the story. I really wasn’t sure who would make it out alive. (NOTE: I believe Paige and George R.R. Martin took the same character death class.)
Now for my issues with One Among Us…
The grammar was fine and the book is easy to follow. I felt the story did pull you from the first few pages and it kept me until the last. My issues with the book were small but I felt I should share them. I know the book was supposed to bring on a helplessness to the reader, but at times the rollercoaster of emotions became exhausting. At the slightest glimmer of hope, the author would put a word of warning in. It became a bit repetitive (Things were great, BUT NOT FOR LONG). I also wish the author would have shown more instead of ‘telling’.
From the highs to the lows, I enjoyed this book. As I said, the issues I had were small and I don’t think many readers would notice them. I plan on reading more by Paige Dearth and if you’re into dark(and graphic) thrillers, I would recommend it to you as well.