First Impression: Brilliant cover, and a dystopian/post-apocalyptic society? Yes please.
Characters: The children of the future have no parents. They are bred to serve a purpose, and are just as disposable. Alpha and Theta have a charming friendship with a hint at the possibility of blooming love.
World Building: Step into the future in a world that is immersive without being overly so. Sometimes it's nice to know enough about the scene to push the story along, and not get bogged down in pages of new science and inventions.
Writing Style: Carroll certainly has a voice for young adult fiction. My inner teenage girl was intrigued while my adult mind looked back with nostalgia to times of simple friendships and moral absolutes. I adore works that can turn back the clock on growing old.
What I Enjoyed: Moments of surprising insight will encourage young minds to think about the dangers of controlling society. Not just a tale for youth, I found the writing engaging enough for adult minds as well.
Deal Benders: City of Words was a solid first installment. I would have liked to see more back story on Alpha and Theta, to give their connection more feeling.
Overall Rating: 4 stars, and I look forward to reading the next book!