Verdict: Part-dystopian, a little paranormal, and part-historical, this stand-alone dystopian was an interesting read. I liked the fact that it isn't the first in a series and that I didn't have a cliff hanger ending waiting for me and prickling at my brain for a year. I also liked that it was a new story. I don't feel like I've heard it before. I don't feel like I could google a conspiracy blog and find this story in a post, like I do with some time-travel themed dystopians. I can't complain about the structure or the word choice. And I can't point out any gaping holes in the world that Martin built.
But. Yes, that annoying "but." And maybe this is just because dystopian isn't really my cup of tea. But, I didn't find the story or the characters to be particularly memorable. It was put-downable. It isn't going to make my top- anything list for the year. But I can't put my finger on why I feel that way.
Critique short, I just feel like I needed to be more engaged in the story and connect better with its characters for it to warrant a rave. YOU may feel differently about it than I do. YOU may really enjoy it, especially since there's not much wrong with it in the technical department. So, if the premise seems to pull you, pick it up, give it a try. If not, you'll likely feel the same way I do, meh.