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It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a livinIt is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end."...

Title : Children of Icarus
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ISBN : 9781630790578
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Number of Pages : 313 Pages
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Children of Icarus Reviews

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    2018-12-16 18:37

    Full Colorful Review on my blog : Word Wonders*I received an eARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*Final rating : 3.5 starsSee that blurb, guys? It gives NOTHING away. It is intriguing sure, but I had no idea what to expect when diving into this. I just knew that it was Greek Mythology inspired and the huge lover in me just jumped at the occasion. Now, I wish there were some kind of warning, a big red marking all over the book for how graphic this book is. It has death, A LOT of it. Torture. Harassement. I’M SCARRED FOR LIFE. This is the most disturbing, morbid book I’ve ever read in my life and not expecting it made that impact even more striking. This book messed me up real bad, but not in a way that it breaks you and mends you. Nope. It breaks you and laughs at your crushed soul.That writing though. I think if this were written any other way, it wouldn’t have had the effect it had, this is very crude, nothing is sugar coated, violent scenes (and believe me, there’s plenty of those) are not only written in but they’re very detailed, every wound, every drop of blood, which was sometimes too much to be honest. Other than that the writing is really fitting the story. The only complain I have is that there was an overuse of periods where comas would’ve been better, I know it was probably done for the dramatic effect but most of the time it just disturbed the reading flow.Now to the good stuff *evil laugh* . I seriously was set on a 2 star rating or lower for the first half of the book , I was just too horrified to think clearly about how GOOD actually the story is. It is so clever and unlike anything I ever read. Nothing is fairytailed (I am making that a word for the purpose of this review), everything is SO REAL, I think that is the reason for me -and anyone- to be disgusted, this is everyone’s worst nightmare. It shows how people can go crazy, become inhumane when in harsh circumstances. It gives me chills just thinking about it. Maybe I got used to it. Maybe I crossed to the dark side. But this book completely won me over, the plot in itself is brilliant, gripping and the action had me sucked in from early on and the pace stays steady and fast through the whole thing which is really hard to maintain so I’d have to give credit to the author for that.Something that kind of disappointed me though is that I expected the mythology to be more present, to feel and see it at every page turn but it wasn’t, sometimes I almost forgot about the whole thing, until there is some myth or story about the labyrinth’s not so human inhabitants and I got excited, I really loved those and learning more about all the tales and creatures.The characters are all crazy. No joke ! Every one of them is deranged in a way or another, and all of them in different ways. Exception made of the Main Character. She annoyed me endless amounts of times. First of all the author doesn’t give her a name which really throws me off at first but I quickly get used to it, it is a very clever move to make anyone identify with her. But that’s it. Nothing is clever about her. First of all she’s mute throughout most of the book, she’s weak and has no personality. I realize that the author wanted to keep it real and not create an almighty know-it-all MC but this is too far on the other end of the spectrum. But by the end, things start to look up, when a certain someone forces her to confront the horror that her life became, to embrace it and to actually start working for her own survival. I can’t say I started liking her, but she was alright.Elle seriously freaked me out, she was like a creeper straight out of a horror movie, the kind that befriends you and turns out totally mental and starts killing everyone that gets too close. And she lives in denial of everything.The guys were the most frightening though. At least for Ryan I knew from the beginning that he was bad, and then he turned full psychopath but I at least expected it. But Collin, OH BOY! I thought he was the sane, the right-minded one out of the bunch, I had my suspicions about him but I didn’t expect THAT, what made it worse is how cool about his sadist behavior he was.One character that I actually liked is The executioner. This one LOOKS and is named like a psychopath serial killer but is far from being one. She’s so kickass, very harsh and seems unlovable but it’s all in her actions, I am not going to go into detail because I don’t want to spoil for anyone who gathers the courage to read this book.I was one of those people who immediately thought of the Maze Runner a couple chapters in, but as the book went on i forgot all about that book, because aside from being a bunch of teenagers inside a labyrinth with horrifying creatures, the two books have nothing in common. I would definitely see this being a series, and hope it will be considering how this book ended.

  • Angelina
    2018-12-20 17:11

    This book failed it impress me and I am sad about that because I wanted it so much to succeed in that...The concept was amazing and with so much potential that could blowed our minds if it were more well constructed...First I hated the similarities with the maze runner.Second the main character was not one I could connect and the story was lacking in some parts...I struggle to finish it.

  • Aneta Bak
    2019-01-16 20:33

    DNF REVIEWI wanted to like this book so much, but I just couldn't get into it. It's very rare that I leave a book and DNF it, but I've been trying to start this one for a few months and every time I give up and pick up another book.I was so excited by the blurb, it sounds action packed, with a hint of the Maze Runner. That sounds good right? Well maybe it got better in the end but I just couldn't get there.Every year, kids between the ages of 10 to 16 are chosen to enter the labyrinth and become Icarii. If you manage to make it out of the labyrinth you get to become and Angel. The main character is chosen to go into the labyrinth, and thats when the story begins. But the reason why I couldn't get into the book, was basically because I hated the main character, and most of the other characters in the book. The main character has no spunk, no life, she's very dull. Kind of like Kristen Stewart (who I hate). I thought her actions were horrible, I didn't like being in her head and I thought she was very unintelligent. She was basically the opposite of what I look for in a main character.I heard a few people talking about this book, saying that the ending was absolutely amazing, and it made the whole book for them. So if you think you can manage to read in the main character's point of view then I would say give it a try, but if you're like me, then don't bother.I wish the book and the series luck, I really wish I could have enjoyed it.Happy Reading,Aneta

  • Portia Lynn (itsportiasbooks)
    2018-12-31 19:20

    4.5 starsWelcome to my super delayed full review taht i wrote of a book I read in July of 2016 and never posted!! Its been ages since I read anything that really resembled a dystopian society (which this may or may not be? So many questions.) in any way. So this was kind of refreshing, it felt familiar, yet completely new. Warning: there may be a lot of vagueness happening in this review. Because I don't wanna spoil anything, obviously. I'm only thinking of your feelings, reader.Children of Icarus was deliciously dark. Things got pretty intense, pretty quickly, which is probably why I found this so easy to just keep reading and reading.... everything is so eerie feeling. I love not know what may be around the next corner. The sense of dread was heavy at times. And I loved it. The characters are questionable - you have no idea who exactly to trust, nor do you understand anyone's true motives. But I'm sure a few bad apples wont spoil the whole bunch, so I hope to see some of the characters become allies of the main character.The main character. Who has not told anyone her actual name.Lol.... I crack myself up. But seriously. That GIF is so serious right now. So nameless is a hard protagonist to like. Right from the beginning, she is just scared. Of everything. Quiet. Meek. SPINELESS. I cannot tell you how many times I yelled at her during the course of the book. OMG MOVE! OMG DO SOMETHING! OMG SAY SOMETHING! OMG YOU'RE AN IDIOT! OMG I HATE YOU!I wanted to choke her. Slap her. Something. She is one of those you have to give time to grow, time to learn and understand the world around her and what she has to do to survive. So please, I beg you, even if she drives you crazy, just give her a chance. Don't let it stop you. (This was part of my reason for 4.5 stars instead of a full 5, honestly.)This book is compared to The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games. YES. Yes to both of those things. People will easily draw a comparison between these books, especially Maze Runner. But Children of Icarus is different in so many ways. The world is based in mythology, and the maze is so different. The creatures are SO DIFFERENT.  The entire atmosphere is different than both of those books. There are people out there who will immediately judge this book based on the similarities, and the die hard Maze Runner and Hunger Games fans may be upset or butt hurt. OWELL.I don't care about the similarities. Not one bit. Because I enjoyed this book.This is my next Maze Runner.This is my next Hunger Games. I would even go so far as to say this may be my next.... Angelfall.(Minus Raffe. There is not and probably never will be a version of him anywhere else ever.) I loved the way it wrapped up without being a total cliffhanger, and still managing to leave me both satisfied and wanting the next book desperately. The end will also be easily comparable to other dystopias, but it's more a matter of where it goes from here and whether or not it takes a different direction that I am concerned with. Also, there has yet to be a love element! There may be later on of course, but for now I am excited that romance was not on the authors mind in regards to this story. There is no romance, but there is blood, and death, and monsters, and horrific people.... and I devoured it. I highly recommend Children of Icarus!

  • thebookishuniverse
    2019-01-01 19:28

    You can see the full review here: http://thebookishuniverse.wordpress....Things I liked: THE PREMISEThe story is set on a mythical town, where every year children are chosen to enter a maze that surrounds the city. They are promised to be protected by angels and those who survive will have the chance to ascend to paradise. But, what they’re promised are lies. Basically, it’s 85% The Maze Runner and 10% mythology and 5% The Hunger Games, but Children of Icarus is totally its own story . I loved the setting and survival stories are my favorites, not to mention that the maze was one of the things I really liked. It’s dark and mysterious and terrifying.THE TWISTS AND TURNSI can’t say that the pace is consistent; in the beginning it was extremely fast and before I realized it, I was already in the middle of the book and then things went a little slow, but I never lost my interest. Maybe that explains the fact that this book was so damn unpredictable! When things went steady, BUMP something happened and changed everything, EVERY SINGLE TIME!THE CHARACTERS(Exception made of the main protagonist, I will explain later) They’re all totally nuts! Some of them tend to become psychopaths and to be honest I liked it (no, don’t get me wrong I’m not a psychopath). I don’t usually find so troubled characters in YA books and I was positively surprised here. Their life in the maze changed them in a bad way, which seemed realistic to me since most of them they were there more than two years.the endingaHHHHHHH OKAY. CLIFFHANGER GOT ME.Things I disliked:THE MAIN CHARACTERMost of the time she was mute and scared and she was absolutely useless to the team. She annoyed me most of the times and she has no personality. At first, I find it very realistic to be so intimidated and terrified as the maze was new to her, but later I felt like she didn’t do anything and the plot happened to her instead of the other way around. The only time we see her do anything is the last scenes, when she’s practically forced to. She didn’t even have a name. No, literally. We don’t get to know her name, even though it’s told from first perspective!NEEDED MOREThe world building lacked depth. The setting is incredible and the myth it’s based on is really good, but we never get to learn more about it. There are so many questions unanswered and for me this book should be the second of a series or at least longer. I needed to learn more of the laws, the people and the city and the protagonists (and her name of course), her relationship with Clara and most importantly how this city was build.

  • L.P. Logan
    2019-01-15 17:11

    I really and truly hated this book. The heroine was absolutely BORING to read about . . . and since it was from her perspective, I'm sure you can understand how absolutely dull it was. I mean, really, it was BAD!The main character is SOOOOO boringly diminutive, that she doesn't even have a name. It was like reading about someone's day from the perspective of the actress Kristen Stewart -- about as much emotional range of a rock. Which is why it is so surprising that I'm rating this one a 4. In fact, I would probably take it up to 4.25. Its the ending! I'm telling you! Crash, bang, pow, awesome! That ending snuck in there from nowhere and left me slack-jawed and scrolling back and forth between the last pages thinking, "Noooooooo!" That's right. Against all expectations and assumptions, this book completely redeemed itself. I know. I'm as surprised as you are. My face totally mirrors Lloyd Christmas' at this moment! Its a good thing.Recommended reading for those who are willing to stick with a book through all the blah. If they do, they'll find a nice little surprise at the end. My only criticism, which if it were remedied would fix a lot of the slogging through the wasteland that the entire middle of this book felt like, is that there is toooooooo much telling what happened, instead of showing. I understand, you're writing the story, but there is a way to tell what happened to the degree that the reader's mind is flat-lining, and showing the reader so that their interest stays piqued.

  • Kate Ormand
    2019-01-03 19:24

    Children aged ten to sixteen hope for the chance to enter the labyrinth. To navigate the maze to find the land of the angels and wait to one day welcome Icarus home. The Icarii are chosen at the Temple of Icarus and, at the age of sixteen, it’s our main character and her best friend’s, last chance to be chosen to become angels. But as soon as the two girls leave the city, along with the rest of the chosen group, excitement soon turns to horror as the real labyrinth reveals itself, and it’s far from paradise…This was a dark read and I liked that twist. The mythology was really interesting and I loved the overall idea. The main character (nameless throughout the book) is very different to any character I’ve read before—the change in her is massive as she adapts to a new situation and learns how to survive in the labyrinth. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does in the next book. I’d recommend this to fans of Susan Ee’s Angelfall and Amalie Howard’s Alpha Goddess.

  • Sara
    2018-12-17 16:37

    This book sort of confused me...It was good, but it confused me. I mean, are we in the past or the future? Is this dystopian or historical? It tried to pull off aThe Maze Runner, but didn't excecute it very well.One element that suprised me, though, was the writing. It wasn't terrible, as to be expected, but rather somewhat eloquent.A risky read, but can be given a try :) .

  • Margaret Alyse Smith
    2019-01-01 15:26

    This book was WILD. Truly a wild ride, from start to finish.Wild, and not at all what I was expecting.From the ambiguous, evasive summary and the blurb on the back, I thought this was going to be a psychological take on Icarus and "becoming an angel." Then, once I got home from the library, I saw the horror sticker on the spine and the review on the back comparing the book to the likes of Divergent, the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner (the last of which I have not read, but which I'm guessing it shares the most similarities with). I wondered exactly what I had gotten myself into, but I decided to read it anyway. And I'm glad I did.This book may be psycological in a sense, but not in the way I was expecting. The mythology was merely a starting point from which the characters took off, and wasn't really something that kept building in the story. The characters were painfully twisted, all of them. A girl suffers from PTSD and cannot let go of her dead brother. A boy is kind and caring but in the flip of a switch is angry and cruel. A woman with a brutal scar and a devastating history. A girl - the main character - is burrowed so far into herself she does not even reveal her own name.Many have criticized the main character, but I applaud the author. This character was no Katniss - she reacted to her surroundings realistically for someone with no experience. As her layers peeled away, signs of a possible mental illness emerged, and the question was raised: how can a shy, completely normal girl survive in a labyrinth? Not all of us can be a Hero, but this girl proved that all of us can be heroes in our own way.The plot was constantly intriguing, and there was always something to be curious about - are they going to defeat the monster? What's the deal with that character? The setting reminded me heavily of the maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with more monsters and blood. Make of that what you will, I guess?This book was, among other things, INCREDIBLY GRAPHIC. Every cut and kill was described in specific detail, as are the non-admirable actions of the characters. Frankly, it got a little nauseating.Also, that ending? What? WHAT? Is there going to be a sequel? I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS!This book was entertaining and captivating throughout, and is recommended for those who like a splash of mythology along with their dystopia - and don't mind a bit of gore.

  • Dawnie
    2019-01-03 18:19

    2.5 starsI liked the summery and the idea behind the book. The shy girl, the unsure girl, the one that is always overlooked having to learn step up, fight and survive because there is no other choice. And managing it because if that. It's one of my favorite type of book plots. And to a very basic extent the author did do that.But it really is scratching at the outer edges of actually being a book about a girl that learns to survive on her own.Which is fine. If the rest of the book would have made up for it.But it kind of didn't? I mean in a way it did but also not really?Does that make sense? I think not, but the book kind of didn't as well. So that fits?Let's start out with my explanation in saying that the author really took a huge, huge a,punt of the story from The Maze Runner because no matter how you try to turn or slice it, the actual plot of this book is basically the one of the maze runner, only different? It's from the point of view of a girl. But the rest? All there! Kids that get thrown into a maze without real explanation or actual means to survive, they fight monsters, find a way to make a safe place for them and build a form of society were their own group is split into people that keep their safe place working and those that go into the maze. Now hear me out, I am not saying this is a bad thing. I don't mind books behing similar to others, and the author did put her own spin on it, so that wasn't that bad. And I actually enjoyed the maze runner so those parts where all good. Just something to note because if you hated the maze runner I am pretty sure you will not enough this book that much, because you know as I just said enough times, similarities are screamingly obvious.But That was fine for me.What I didn't like about this book was - the main character didn't even have a name. Which just... yeah no thank you, give the person the book is told from a freaking name!- the main character had no personality at all. And I don't mean that she was underdevelopment (even though I guess eh kind of was) but that she really seemed incapable of actually thinking and deciding things for herself. She also says about ten words in total throughout the entire book. Might be a slight underestimation but honestly? Not by much. So that was just strange, not horrible but it made the book feel like I was watching something I wanted to step into and just help the person because it became too sad to be able to watch. I just wanted to hear her speak up! Step up and voice -literary!!!!- what she was thinking and feeling and finally just step up for herself! Instead she kept her mouth shout and I kind of wanted to slap her for it.So clearly main character didn't work for me. - the world developmetWas there one?Did I miss it?I wanted to get a real explanation and not a myth retold and then get thrown it I a maze with murderous mosters and other kids that have no clue what is going on and leave me completely clueless as to what the heck is going on in the book and the story.-the other kidsOne as crazy, and I mean really just CRAZY capital letters needed, and the others where assholes. That word is needed as well since no is anywhere near bad enough to describe how horrible they are and treat others (view spoiler)[ I know the MC lied about her name. But at least give her a chance to explain. Also can we jut say that hey just all assumed that she was THE Clara without even really asking here if she as that person? How can you just is your sister simply because of the name? I can't be that unique! I mean come on! And then tossing her out on her ass with a little girl they all aprorenlty love but have no problems literary throwing At the monsters because they want to get two "traitors" out of their home? Asshole behavior for the gold metal! Also throwing someone out simply because he tries to defend a person that clearly is to shy to speak up for herself makes them all even bigger assholes!(hide spoiler)]-the writingSome it was fantastic! Some of it wasn't. Which is strange, and I can't really explain it and I don't know if that is just a personal thing for me but some parts of the book were great and so nicely written that I really enjoyed them and kind of forgot the parts that bothered me up until that point. And then I turned the page and he writing kind of took a dive of the deep end and flatlined for a good while until it perked up again for a few pages only to die on me again? So some parts were fantastic and some parts where.... Not. Also the ending? Didn't not feel like a standalone, or if it really is one it's a clear open door for the possibility of more books in this manner. (view spoiler)[ since we didn't get any answers, not real ones at least, we have no idea what the main character will do know, and we still don't even have a name only that she is going to do this with her own name! So to me a that felt all like the first book Ina series not a standalone!(hide spoiler)]Which sounds as if I didn't enjoy the book. I did It was okay, but it wasn't anywhere near what it could have been. There is all this potential. All those ideas and mentions of something more and more interesting, but the author doesn't take it there, at least she didn't to me.I loved the ideas of angels and people believing you could become one after completing a trail. I always loved that myth, I loved the idea that this book took to the myth. I would have enjoyed the book more with an actual main character that has a character. And more explanation.That being said if you love maze books and a different spin on a myth. If are NOT character driven, but more interested in other parts of the book, this might be perfect for you, so definelty give it a try! *thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for giving me a ecopy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*

  • Robyyn
    2018-12-24 17:32

    Growing up in the city of Daedala she always been Clara's side kick. Now they both must enter Icarus' Labrynth on a quest to become Angels. Within minutes they are torn apart forever and she must find her own voice in order to survive. I was very skeptical to begin this series, and at the beginning I was very disappointed. It started reminding me of a mix between hunger games and the maze runner and I started loosing interest. I'm glad I stuck it out. Once some of the major characters start appearing I was hooked. Although still having some similarities to other series, Caighlan's Labrynth is so full of magic I couldn't put it down. I love that the characters are dark and have flaws, they don't immediately join together to try and survive. The only thing that it left me questioning was at the beginning it's made clear there is a huge difference between Clara and the narrator. I find it very hard to believe Collin just jumping to the assumption that she is Clara, when they are supposed to be so different. The ribbon would not have been enough of a similarity to me. I also hope in the next book there is more about Elle's backstory.Overall I really enjoyed and can't wait to read the next one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    2018-12-17 15:32

    Source: LibraryWow, Now I have to go out and buy a copy! I just, how did it take me so long to finish this one? I started it just before it came out after I snagged an ARC from NetGalley, but it expired before I could read most of it. I finally found out that I could get it at the library, and am so glad I finally finished it! (Plus I have the second book on Kindle!) While I hated...almost everything to do with the Fates, I felt like they were all fake, and while I understand they were kids, and kids can be mean, plus with all the violance and horror, they had to be broken, but I know how it is to have fake friends, and it's awful. On the flip side, the protaginist doesn't try to change anything, and just silently goes along with the treatment, but I can also totally relate to that. The ending though...just wow. Not only did it make the Fates' treatment worth while, it was my favorite part of the whole book. I'm excited to read the second book now!

  • Arkon Annie
    2019-01-06 16:34

    Disclaimer: We received this an advanced digital copy of this book via NetGalley courtesy of the publisher (Switch Press). There may be some things you consider to be spoilers ahead. You have been warned.Why we chose it: The description was enough for usReview: Children of Icarus is at times as twisted as the labyrinth that the majority of the book takes place in and we loved it. It was so good and so wrong at the same time.What was so intriguing for us as we made our way through this book is how gloriously screwed up all the characters are. They're all perfect echoes of the damaged world they live in (something we'll get to later) and we're going to go deep in our discussion of these characters.The main character is a girl who we're going to simply refer to as the main character because we no longer remember what the girl's name is. Like Arya Stark says "A girl has no name" and indeed our girl has no name. Or at least not one that sticks....we can't even remember if we were told. For the first half of the book our MC is a shadow in Clara's wake. She's like an errant thought, but she has a nice voice. The novel is told from her perspective and it's through her perspective that we uncover the twists of the labyrinth and the twisted people that survive. We found it really interesting that even though our character spends a great deal of crying it's not long before you discover there's a strength inside her hidden deep down.Deep, deep down.It's not possible to stress enough how much we enjoyed the way in which the main character both hides behind the essence of Clara and subsequently inhabits it. She becomes least in some ways. She spends a lot of time lying by omission and doesn't really give it a second thought.We've been thinking that for a time we thought our main character would simply lie her way through survival and that the plot wouldn't advance, but it didn't and we're so very grateful for that.Our main character's lies catch up to her and at the halfway point begin to cause her much pain. What we haven't mentioned is that the people our main character lies to are a survival group called The Fates. The leader of that is the real Clara's brother. His name is Collin. Our main character starts thinking that because she's now Clara Collin is her brother and he's a good big brother. Strong and ruthless, not a very nice guy. He has a temper and it's explosive. It makes itself known in some very screwed up ways.Clara experiences some of those screwed up ways when she gets found out in the most wonderful way. When we say wonderful we mean the writing was so good we actually felt physically uncomfortable reading it.While we genuinely think the majority of characters that comprise what we're shown of The Fates are okay in general there are some notable exceptions. One of them is Elle. She's not all together present and becomes extremely possessive of our main character. What we liked about Elle though is that her inability to be fully present in reality is realistic and powerful. There were times when we wanted to defend Elle and we really hope to see more of her in coming books.We mentioned earlier that we thought the plot might not advance and that we were okay with that. We still are, but we wouldn't have loved the book the way we do now.Our main character ends up in the labyrinth with a boy who's quickly on his way to becoming a friend and a little girl named Gina. They venture for water and the labyrinth does what one can expect it to do. Messes everything up. Our main character meets a woman only glimpsed before and while our main character remains mostly useless for another while, this woman (who we'll get to in a moment changes that)The woman is nicknamed The Executioner. It's fitting that like our main character we can't remember her true name. We don't even know if one was mentioned. The Executioner is strong and resourceful and in Children of Icarus that author weaves her story into one that's actually important. Her past actions have affected the present in a similar way to how her actions that we witness in the book will affect where our main character goes from where we leave her in Children of Icarus.The world that's been built in this book is limited in some ways. In terms of scope it's not very big and can give off a Hunger Games or Divergent feeling, but it's different from them. There's a stronger fantasy feel to Children of Icarus and we love the detail that went into the creatures and the layout the labyrinth even though we're sure there's much more to be explored. While we would've like to have learned more about the creation and general history of the labyrinth we understand that it just wouldn't have been entirely possible to achieve the depth we wanted and not have the character feeling as if she were not moving due to description.Links to both of those dystopian novels mentioned above might be made by some due to the age and the almost reaping like feel to an event that happens early in the book, but we urge you not to view Children of Icarus and some sort of rip off. It feels different and it reads different, Personally we class Children of Icarus as a book better than any of the novels in The Hungers Games trilogy or The Divergent trilogyTo conclude Children of Icarus has twists and turns and some sick individuals. It's a book where the pacing suffers a little, but the writing and characters overcomes that. The pacing problem does eventually disappear altogether and we can honestly say we're looking forward to the next book.Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think in the comments if you've read this book.

  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    2018-12-25 13:11

    This book left me with a lot of mixed feelings.I'm a sucker for anything based in mythology, especially Greek which surrounds this entire story. Our main character is Nameless. As in, her real name is never revealed so for the sake of this review, she is Nameless. This sixteen-year-old is chosen to become an angel (or so she and her people believe). Instead she finds a whole new harsh world waiting on the other side of the wall. Though not mentioned in the description, the vast majority of Children of Icarus is set in a labyrinth. My last couple years of high school, I had this weird obsession with labyrinths -- they occupied my dreams, my writing, my reading choices -- so I got really excited about seeing Smith's take on a labyrinth, especially with the Greek mythos influence.As a setting, the labyrinth was great. Dark. Mysterious. Filled with danger and uncertainty. And the monsters... plenty to go around. Perfect for a reader like me.Yet the world couldn't keep me hooked when the characters didn't. Characters drive Children of Icarus in a way that makes each one essential to the story and reading experience. Unfortunately, I really disliked the protagonist. Nameless should be called spineless. She remained quiet for at least 80% of the story and didn't have to play at being the "mouse" she's compared to. But then Nameless has her chance to grow a pair and step it up and she does. Not that you get to really see it. That part is glossed over in favor of the actions of a side character.The supporting cast is really the only reason I kept on reading. They had the connections to the Icarus story shared at the very beginning in a prelude. They had strong, distinct personalities that resonated through the pages. They provided the tension and conflict that Nameless experienced but didn't play a major role in (excluding a decision she makes at the beginning). I read for these characters, not her.I also generally wanted more from this book. If you're going to base something in a myth, I want to see its influence (however twisted) throughout the plot, in the world. Immerse me in it. Smith did a great job of this at the beginning in showing how deeply the myth as written for this book affected the characters, in their mannerisms and speech, their beliefs. But it didn't take long for the descriptions to drift to Nameless walking the reader through each scene, a bland tour guide to a tourist.It's hard to decide whether or not I liked this book. The writing was solid and I would read other works by this author, but I couldn't connect (or even feel a desire to) with Nameless. Considering I saw the events unfold through her eyes, I was unlikely to enjoy the story to its fullest. But Children of Icarus definitely holds potential and leaves off with a cliffhanger that could've come a lot sooner to pick the narrative pace up. It wasn't a good fit for me, sadly, but I wouldn't discount it.

  • Hilary
    2018-12-18 19:21

    Really mixed feelings about this one. The writing itself was good, the concept new, and the characters well-drawn, but there were a few things that just annoyed me.The main character was so passive she was infuriating. Over and over there were times where she'd be thinking about saying or doing something but never actually got around to it. She just can't do *anything*, and can't even try.(view spoiler)[And her name was never actually revealed, which was somewhat interesting (but distracted me because I kept thinking there was going to be a reason for it, or maybe because it was an experiment like Lock In) (hide spoiler)].Some events happened so quickly I almost missed them and had to flip back, but then we'd spend forever agonising with the narrator.(view spoiler)[Even the ending was somewhat ambiguous - I can't figure out whether it's a standalone or whether there's supposed to be a sequel later. If you ever watched the movie Cube, you'll understand what I mean. (And also the slight icky feeling, which was one reason I never continued with the Maze Runner series.) (hide spoiler)]It feels inspired by The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, with the darkness of both, though doesn't quite have the depth of either. But it's a decent debut by a young author. The "first person present-tense" narration for YA is starting to get old, but works here. Even though I really wanted to shake the main character at times, I still empathized with her and followed her train of thought, and the innovative influx of Greek mythology kept my interest.With the exception of the main character, the others were a good mixture(view spoiler)[, not falling into the easy "good guys/bad guys" camp, and she avoided the love triangle trope. I was surprised by Collin's cruelty and that *no-one* tried to put a stop to it. I know he was the leader, but there were others who seemed strong enough to say "That's enough". I also felt that surely the Executioner could have communicated with writing, though maybe the lack of words actually helped the unnamed main character to get a grip (hide spoiler)]. The interactions between the characters, with their various preferences and foibles, kept them from being stereotypes.Don't read if you don't like gore, or psychological torture, or if you only want the bad guys to die. (Sorry, but if you haven't read The Hunger Games or Maze Runner, that's important for you to know.)Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lulu // RoadsideReader
    2018-12-18 14:25

    facebook // twitter // bloglovin // youtubeJust seeing Icarus and labyrinth, I was extremely excited! Being a huge Greek mythology nerd (and a classics minor student in uni), I knew I needed to read this, thinking it would be heavily mythology based. Surprisingly, it wasn’t really. Instead, Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith is more of a general YA dystopian novel, which isn’t to say that’s a bad thing. Just different from what the short synopsis seemed to suggest.There’s a nameless narrator that is by far the worst character of the novel up until the last 20%. This really killed the book for me. I just couldn’t get behind her at all. In fact, I actually put the book down and had to stop because I was just so annoyed by her, I preferred cooking my weekly lunches for work than continue. Why is she annoying? I’ll probably whinge about it in detail on the spoiler vlog tomorrow, but mainly, her inability to do anything. There was no personality in her. No nothing for the majority of the story.That said, you might be wondering how it managed to get three and a half stars from me. You might be thinking pffft, free title, of course it got higher than three stars. Nope. Just because the narrator was dull, doesn’t mean the book was. The story was very interesting and there were just enough bits of mythology and Greek-ness to keep me hooked. Side characters Elle and Addie were super interesting and I wanted more of them. I also wanted more of Theo and to see if Theo and Nameless could start a relationship, or if Nameless and Ryan would since the author kept thrusting them together. But nothing happened because the narrator is pretty much nothing.The last 33% of the book really bumped the stars up. The Executioner was amazing and then the mind freak that happens right at the very end, I was just speechless. I could not believe that was how the book would end, just as it was getting good. Just as Nameless started to hint at becoming someone, something.If you’re seriously into YA dystopian, you’ll really enjoy Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith. If you’re just a casual fan, you might wanna wait and check it out at the library. If there’s the potential of a sequel being released, then I’d say definitely give it a shot.// I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review //

  • Aldii - perfectioninbooks
    2018-12-19 15:37

    A bit of a disappointment.The writing:The writing was okay, it was a mythological/fantasy read. I wouldn't call it an easy or fast paced read, I think it can feel dragged. The Story:This was a great idea. Each year some children/teenagers between 10 and 16 years old are choosen, randomly, to become Icarii. Icarii are the ones who go into the labyrinth and once they get out they go to Alyssia and become angels. Now writing this review that sounds a bit like The Hunger Games, doesn't it? But anyway, it sounds great. Icarus is their main God and they have this mythology around his story and him. When they go into the labyrinth things are not as they were told.Being honest, maybe the story was great done but I can't say because I really really disliked the main character. That made me not want to read it, just her voice, her actions frustrated me. (view spoiler)[There is this big lie 'Clara' does, and I hated it so much. It was obvious it would go wrong. But that isn't an excuse for Collin. What he did was wrong, he was a monster. He didn't think of others and let other two die just because of his revenge. It was awful and hateful to read (hide spoiler)]I would read the second book because the ending was interesting and far more easy to read than the book per se. Plus, it has kind of a cliffhanger challenging ending and I can't wait to see some reactions from some characters. The Characters:The girl, who is the main character, just frustrated me. I hated she didn't have the courage to defend herself, I'm not talking of standing for others because maybe that's too much. But she didn't do anything, to survive, to be respected. I just couldn't stand her. I felt the book was more of her, the people she met, how she moved into this new life and the book could have been much more.There were other characters we didn't really get to know, others I loved and then hated, others I hated from the beginning. Though it was a great idea I couldn't connect with the main character and that made me not enjoy the book as much as I expected.

  • Beca
    2018-12-26 21:28

    Shoutout to capstone and Netgalley for the early read. My knee jerk reaction was to compare this to the Maze Runner (which I hated). In someways, its a better version (way, way better). Mazes, Monsters, and a weird ass ending that leaves you more confused than when you started. I gave this three stars because I felt like this book needed a lot more world building. (view spoiler)[I wanted to know more about Clara and her friend's life before the maze. I wanted to know more about the ritual of who is chosen for the maze and more about their religion in general. All of this was briefly touched upon, but I feel like it would help the reader better understand the excitement Clara feels and the dread the main character suffers. I was also a bit confused when the main character leaves the Fates, who were such a big part of the story, and they are never heard from again. The ending is clearly set up for a sequel where I am hoping the action between the groups will pick up.(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[I loved that we never find out the girl's name. Which is enraging but refreshing (to me at least). The author does a very good job of describing a meek, spineless, shell of a girl (the main character) and a terrible job of describing her after she's gained confidence in herself and her skills in the maze. With a few other characters, like Elle, Collin, and Gina the author does a really good job setting them up and getting you involved with their personalities. (BUT WE NEVER FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO ELLE WHY IS SHE SO DAMAGED I NEED ANSWERS)(hide spoiler)]I'm excited to see where this book goes! I couldn't put it down and traded sleep to finish it. It got my emotions involved and it kept my brain occupied. Definitely not a fluffy YA read. I'm hoping there is a sequel because there were definitely some loose ends that needed tying up. edit: I think I ended this review with more questions about the book than when I started. (view spoiler)[ I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PEOPLE AT THE FATES. AND WHY IS COLLIN SUCH AN ASS.(hide spoiler)]

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    2018-12-18 13:37

    It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.This book starts off very quickly and the pace is very fast until about the middle of the book, where I felt like the pace slowed way down. This book is based around a society that worships Icarus and the beginning of the book explains this world's version of the myth. Basically, an angel names Icarus was tricked by the gods into flying into the sun where he was burned and then fell to earth. A human built him a tomb underground so he could heal and one day come back to the surface. This human places the tomb in the middle of a labyrinth and a city is then built above it. The story itself takes place in the future, where 16 children are chosen to go into the labyrinth, where legend has it if they make it to the center they will find the angel Icarus and be blessed to become angels themselves. However, I found that the characters were not very developed, I felt like we didn't really get to know the main character or her best friend, who are both chosen to enter the labyrinth, at all. This book has kind of a Maze Runner or The Hunger Games style of world building and society. Overall, I believe it was a good debut novel by the author, I think it's just a hard market to compete with after series such as I mentioned above. The book itself was entertaining and it was well written, I believe the world building needed a bit more development. Thank you to Switch Press for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
    2019-01-13 17:09

    **I was provided with a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**I went into this book being mainly interested in the mythological aspect of the Children of Icarus. However, that was handled in the prologue and after that I was plummeted into a far more twisted tale than I expected. The pace varied a lot, changing from being holed up in a secret base for weeks to barely escaping gruesome monsters. I can definitely see why people would draw comparisons between this story and the Maze Runner, even more than just in terms of the labyrinth. Then again, I wasn’t a big fan of the series and unfortunately I didn’t really click with Children of Icarus either.At first it was infuriating that we never find out the name of the main protagonist, but in a way I think it helped connecting with her a little more. She could be annoying because she was often mute in the most inopportune moments but she could also be anyone, maybe even you if you were thrown into a terrifying labyrinth forced to fight for survival. It isn’t really easy to like anyone in this story though, because as soon as you start to feel safe with a person they turn into monsters or psychos. Looking at the situation all of those admittedly very young people were in, it makes sense that they wouldn’t be sane, but I still couldn’t understand some of their actions.I liked what it lead to in the end, even though I have a gazillion questions now. I want to know what happened to some of the characters and just generally what happens next. I could definitely imagine this becoming a series. So, it wasn’t a terrible read at all! Even though the pacing was a little off, it was still a super fast read. But some of the disturbing parts simply made it the kind of story I wouldn’t usually seek out.Fazit: 2.5/5 stars. I am afraid this wasn’t for me, but I can imagine others finding this kind of tale very fascinating!

  • Brenda Ayala
    2018-12-19 18:13

    Children of Icarus seems like it's trying to be a twist on The Maze Runner except the character is a worthless, spineless, annoying loser. Seriously.My dad has a dog they got from the pound. She's old, very fat, and whines incessantly as soon as she sees you. When my dad first told me he hated the dog and the only reason he kept her was because he didn't want her to be euthanized at the shelter, I had nothing but pity for the dog. Poor thing just wants love, right!? ...Until I met the dog. I tried to take that dog out on a walk, and the whole time she whined and whined and whined over ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and all I wanted to do was put her right back in the backyard and not deal with her anymore. So this girl in Children of Icarus is such a spineless coward she is basically mute for most of the book. When her best friend dies, she assumes her identity because she's too shell-shocked to correct anyone. Never mind that her trauma wasn't nearly as bad as some of the others; she's just SO IMPORTANT GUYS that she's the special child and we should all feel bad for her.I hated her so much that I honestly wasn't all that upset at first when Collin first started bullying her. I KNOW HOW BAD THAT SOUNDS. Really I do. But when he was just making snide comments about how she was a liar and a spineless coward, I was all on board. When that became attempted sexual molestation and murder, he became too much like a caricature. Once that happened I couldn't take him seriously either. Tack on the convoluted non-reason for the cool girl taking "Clara" under her wing, and I really couldn't take any of it seriously.

  • Aggie Unsworth
    2019-01-10 19:34

    Oh just look at this cover! Its amazing isn't it? And it's the reason I really wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. So we have a girl with a name we don't know who alongside her friend Clara is chosen to enter the labyrinth. Believing that if they find their way out of it, they will become angels. But what they find in the labyrinth is very far from angelic. Within the labyrinth the girl is taken in by  a group of other people who have been there surviving for some time. On arrival she gets caught up in a lie, one she cant seem to escape and could get her into even more trouble. This was way to close to the Maze Runner for me, well I actually really liked that one, but i couldn't make friends with this one. I couldn't connect to the main character no matter how hard I tried and some parts I found almost uncomfortable to read. The concept of this story should be a hit, it sounded incredible and way up my street. There was just something that didn't work for me. While it was in a way, interesting enough to finish I cant say I enjoyed the ride. I tell you what i really liked tho, the world the girl and Clara came from, so much more then the labyrinth. What a unique idea, I genuinely would have loved to read more about it. I also felt that there was this huge build up all the way through the book, but a grand finale never came for me. More then anything it left me puzzled. Great concept, superb idea but failed to deliver. Thank you to Georgia and Curious Fox for my copy.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-16 18:17

    After racing through this utterly compelling book, I'm really questioning how far I would go to get my hands on the second. The answer would shock you unless you've read it, too. I admit that I underestimated Children of Icarus - it almost got under my radar, and that would have been a sad mistake because it was so good. While it reminded me in part of The Maze Runner (mysterious labyrinth with horrifying depths) and it reminded me a bit of Ann Aguire's Enclave (a primitive society born operating in confusion and fear), it was something all its own and that something was rich and engaging. The narrator is not the fierce warrior woman, as a matter of fact, she is the forgettable sidekick, and that leaves a lot of room for growth. The mystery and palpable danger of her situation make it hard to leave her side, even when you need a bathroom break. The twist at the end left me stunned, and the questions I'm still pondering have me itching to talk about it to anyone who will listen. I'm definitely adding this book to my high school classroom library wish list, and I can't wait to share it with my readers. The fast-paced action and the unique brand of mystery make for a winning combination that I know my students will embrace. Language and situations are appropriate for high school readers. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mel Goethals
    2018-12-30 21:26

    This book is what happens if you take 85% of The Maze Runner and mix it with 5% spirituality and 10% Hunger Games. In theory not a bad concept, but it feels like it’s been done before, especially near the end.When I say 85% I do stand by that, with a labyrinth full of hideous creatures, a safe place for the children to stay and the fact that they get jobs there, one of which seems to be the equilevant of being a runner, except here they’re not really trying their best to get out of the labyrinth.There’s some other major similarities, but I cannot talk about those, as I’d be going way too deep in spoiler territory.You’d think that with such a description of a book, it couldn’t go wrong but for some reason I was completely amoured by the world and its characters. First, because most of the characters in this book are utter douchebags, which is fine..ish. They’re supposed to be, but they make the book a lot darker and more cruel than it could’ve been.Second, we’re not really following a heroic, active character here. For 3/5th of the book she’s just going through the motions, being a shy little thing and while I understand why, it’s not my favourite thing to read about. That girl should’ve snapped by now.READ FULL REVIEW:

  • Gabrielle Messier
    2018-12-19 18:20

    This book can be a little confusing and I have mixed feelings but I think its worth a shot. I liked the writing, setting of the story and the concept but the buildup and development of the plot threw me off, because of the strange pacing of the book its difficult to relate the ending of the book with the rest of it, in the beginning we see the main character not doing much (She has social anxiety) but it gets to a point that its frustrating because she just stops talking altogether and freezes, its much later on that she goes into action and realizes of her mistakes but it's too late, and she never reveals her name, not even thinks of it, the only information about it its that is very common and that's it, so for a plot that revolves around her identity (or fake identity) it doesn't make much sense. In a nutshell, I liked the book but I think it could be better if the main character was more developed and took more action in the first half of the book, because to me it felt like the plot was happening to her and she did nothing of significance in it even though she is the main character, but what made me rate it 4 stars its the end! I think its amazing and I would like to read the sequel.Note: I received a digital copy of this title for an unbiased opinion and reviewing purposes.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-01-08 21:26

    The people believe Icarus to be their savior. The people believe that Icarus chooses people to become Angels for a reason. People are unaware of what is actually happening. With the dangers of the labyrinth one has to wonder if everything they believe in are lies.This book was pretty good. If you're a fan of the Maze Runner or The Hunger Games you would probably enjoy this story. It's a mixture of the two, wrapped in with myth's. Most people know the story of Icarus - this book takes that story and molds it into a different version. Icarus is basically the town's Jesus/Messiah/Savior. Everyone prays to Icarus, everyone hopes that he chooses them to be his next set of Angels.So when our main character gets picked and isn't thrilled she feels ashamed. As if she's the only one in the town who does not see the glory in being an Angel. And then she gets taken into the labyrinth. And realizes that maybe she was in her right mind to not want to get picked.I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the story. The demons that get brought to life were, although terrifying, creatures I would love to see brought to life. This is one of those books where you wish there was a movie option for it, because you just know that it would play well on the screen.

  • Osbian Night
    2018-12-17 14:19

    I liked it well enough. I did remind me a bit of the Maze Runner - I say that as someone who hasn't read or watched it- but with Greek Mythology. It was interesting and the author was good at making me feel uncomfortable, giving each named character a personality and showing the main character's personality without outright saying what she is at first. You can see see she's weak, with low self esteem and I'm going to go with anxiety issues. she doesn't talk mush, she shies away from people and it even shows in her name. I found it interesting how it used the original myth of Icarus. Daedalus becomes Daedala, and not his parent, there's a stone labyrinth and Icarus' wings being burnt by the sun. Admittedly, I wasn't expecting angels to also be used in it as well. There could have been a bit more world building since I'm left with too many questions about the culture and how things work. I liked how what I did know wasn't just given out in exposition but you worked it out by how people talk about it. Also, I found it a bit predictable. I had a pretty good idea what was going to happen but it was left with a good set-up for a sequel.

  • Justin Lachapelle
    2018-12-30 16:18

    This is not a safe book. You can go through the whole book feeling safe or like safety is around the corner. It really isn't I was almost halfway through the book before I realized and time had passed and I had already gotten so far, so it's an amazing book. Some of the horrible things, all involving the Icarii seem very needless. You can't make horrible people horrible just because they're horrible, especially when you never saw them as horrible to begin with. The whole middle of the book could have ruined the story if it hadn't been for the ending. Everything sort of clicked. I can definitely see why everything that happened had to happen to get to that conclusion, but it still leaves a very foul after-taste. As for everything else, I'd definitely recommend this book with a subtle warning to keep on your toes, and get ready to scream by the end when you realize how much you hunger for it to not be over.

  • Mel
    2018-12-16 14:35

    poor heroine, quick uninteresting writing

  • Jana
    2018-12-25 18:15

    Rating: 4 starsReview posted at Fantasy Literature.

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