Blurb from Goodreads
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.
When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
But, I have problems to believe few things along the story, it kind of unrealistic, in some level. 1) As a daughter of an important person in Black City, Natalie seems too easy to go anywhere. She has a bodyguard but she still can wandering alone. 2) Natalie and Ash grow up thinking that a relationship between human and darkling is forbidden. As much as I love star-crossed love story, Natalie and Ash relationship is too fast. In the beginning they sort of hate each other but then next thing I read is they fall in love and keep thinking that it will be last forever. Usually, I can make an exception to an insta-love but here I don’t think I like it. It’s just come too soon and I can’t see it’s possible for them. 3) Similar to #1, Natalie’s house seems lack of security. Someone can easily go to her balcony AND they don’t have CCTV camera, at least there aren’t any mention about it in the laboratory.
And 4) I can’t believe (as in what are they thinking?) Ash & Natalie choose the cemetery for their meeting point, the same place Tracker has. Okay, I can assumed they don’t know about it but then Natalie saw Sebastian and she remember that they indeed have a meeting there. When she meets Ash why they aren’t move to another place? They just keep talking and spill each other secrets. It’s like waiting for Trackers to caught them.
Despite those unbelievable things, I’m willing to read its sequel, Phoenix.As Ash said the war just begun and I want to know what will happen next to Black City and be part of it.