“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” This is the motto of genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni. Kale, nursed back from the brink of death by students, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves.
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A great take on basically a new species and the ethical, moral, and humane issues that can arise when something is essentially dehumanized or devalued. It also taps into the inherent violence in our society and on how we promote that violence and make it an economic engine that fuels hatred, lust, power, domination, and of course the root of evil the valuation of money over all kinds of life. It is a great read. I was most impressed and surprised by the quality of writing.
Although this is geared to the young adult reader it has value for us all and I truly recommend this for those who feel they live as outsiders.
The idea behind the story is great, but isn't exceptionally delivered. It moves at a rapid pace - sometimes skipping forward too quickly and leaving underdeveloped gaps in its wake.
I read this in two sittings while on the plane to and from Las Vegas. It was easy to read and interesting enough that I wasn't wishing I had another book to read.
In summary - I LOVED the idea but only LIKED the writing.
I loved this book. The author truly made me care about Kale even when his actions were no something I would do. She is a truly talented writer and I hope she writes more books like this.