Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press on May 27, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, YA, Young Adult
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New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.
Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels - their playground. They aren't heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.
On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.
Why I did not finish this book…
Sometimes it’s not the book. Sometimes it’s the reader. I think The Artful was one of those books for me. I think this could have been a great book but I, personally, could not continue reading it. I was just not interested in the least. I gave it my good 20% college try, but I found it hard to pick this book up and easily putdownable even after a couple of pages. Was there anything significantly bad about the book? Not really. My only other complaint would be the language. Stanton kind of created a unique version of the English language with special wording that honestly annoyed me. Okay, and maybe the characters were not my cup of tea either. They were non-relatable and immature. But they could have grown through the novel, I just didn’t care enough to find out.
Though I did find a few problems with this book, I honestly think the DNF aspect was all on me. I didn’t find this book stimulating enough to let it get better or even develop. I was skeptical in reading The Artful in the first place because I wasn’t completely sold by the blurb, but I kept seeing it around and eventually caved. I should have stuck to my guns though. Some books are just no meant for certain readers. The Artful was not my type of book.