Monday, March 31, 2014

Young Adult Review: London Eye

London Eye (Toxic City, 1) by Tim Lebbon, October 2, 2012. 228 pages. Published by PYR. Source: publisher.
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers.

The rest of Britain believe that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends, some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday, know that the reality is very different.

At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London, and it is incredible. Because the handful of Londons survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.
First Sentence:
Even though their movements describe a strange, hypnotic beauty, she is certain that the rooks are going to kill her. 

Tim Lebbon's London Eye is another book whose review got lost in the shuffle of craziness late 2012-2013.

Even though I found the premise of London Eye to be quite interesting, I do remember that I almost gave up on ever finishing this one because I felt like the characters were a little one dimensional. So, while the characters nearly made this a flop, the writing and mystery behind what happened in London was enough to keep me interested till the end.

What I found to be really enjoyable about London Eye, other than the writing, was the mystery behind what had happened to London because it was quite interesting. I really liked seeing the characters work towards exposing the truth about what happened; also, when they ventured in and saw the depths of the changes was truly one of the best parts of the book. The premise made for quite the interesting read as I tried to piece together what happened and seeing if the cast of characters would survive.

If there is one thing that kept London Eye from being a truly good book it was the characters. While I cannot recall any of their names, being that I am terrible with names, I do recall that they all came across as one dimensional with nothing that made their story and personality really stick out. If you're one of those readers that cannot get into a book with characters you feel a lack of connection with, then, this might not be the book for you. But, if your one of those readers were the world and writing will let you overlook the character blandness, then by all means give this one a shot.

Final Verdict: London Eye- had an interesting premise that I enjoyed, although, I do recall that I wasn't to keen on the characters but have hope that I'll like them better as the story progresses.

London Eye earns 3.5 griffins
this book was received in exchange for an honest review


  1. Wow, the premise actually does sound very intriguing! I'm not a fan of flat characters, but I can probably overlook it if there's amazing world-building and plot. Unless they're truly bad, then that's a different story haha. Wonderful review :)

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

    1. Thank you! It was definitely an interesting start to the series...I just wish the characters had been a little more likeable. I'm hoping that I'll like them more in the next book.

      Thank so much for stopping by. =)


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