This was a pretty original idea and I was pleasantly surprised throughout the whole book. Ok, so a few of the concepts have been done before more than a few times, but this story was a recipe for success.
This is not your usual rags-to-riches story.
This story got off to an excellent start, although I was often confused as to what type of world this was - a lot of the time it felt like a medieval-type fantasy world, but then there'd be the mention of an elevator and I'd stare dumbly at the page trying to re-imagine the world. But this is a pretty fantastic world filled with magic and multi-coloured gypsies, an evil king and a poverty-ridden kingdom.
The characters are strong, and if they're a little predictable, then they're meant to be. Colt and Napier are boys after all, and Kally's a whore. Really, she's a whore. Tucker is a strong and feisty young woman, even if her name seems very out of place in this world where all of the other names are so elegant sounding. I liked how her past isn't ignored and instead is being brought into every part of the book.
This would have got a full five-stars from me if it wasn't for the talking. Oh god, the talking. Back-and-forth and round-and-round with all this banter and it's so irrelevant at times and distracting from the story. SO MUCH TALKING. I just wanted them to shut up and get on with it.
I have to say I was a little disappointed with the ending - yet at the same time I'm quite happy with it. I thought this was a standalone book, but with an ending like that with so much more still to happen, this is surely part of a series. About 30 pages before the ending excitement was building in me - all I could think was how AWESOME AND ACTION PACKED this ending would have to be. There is action and it is awesome (and scary!) but it's not the holiday I thought I'd packed for. Oh well, this just means I have to keep an eye on Emory Sharplin and see if there is a follow-up (or two?) to Scrap.
A copy of this was provided by Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.