Kayos features a diverse cast of characters intertwined in a future dystopia and featuring a twisty love story. The intolerance of the future might be a little all-too-real, but that makes the book convincing.
The story is certainly character heavy, which is certainly the direction storytelling must go with dystopia—which has become something of a dime-a-dozen trope. If you don’t have people like Lareina, Christian, Mckade, and Yukiyo moving the story it would just be more noise on the book shelf. I did especially enjoy the occasional text exchanges between characters. Also, Christian is cold as ice, and he owns it in a way that doesn’t make him unhuman.
The only thing that irked me somewhat is that it sometimes felt very YA. That’s not usually a concern, but if it was YA it might find its way into different hands. I guess I’m saying that this should maybe have a broader audience than what it’s listed under. There are adult novels with teen protagonists and then there are YA novels which nearly ALWAYS feature teenage main characters.
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