This book was such a disappointment. The protagonist Scarlet is a very flat, tell-don't-show character, and the "villains" are lifeless. The word crafting can be lovely, but nothing can dress up a such a bland, predictable cast of characters and plot points.
Every discovery is convenient, and the struggles are painfully dull. It was a poor reproduction of some popular YA tropes that were well received in more successful books (The Lunar Chronicles and The Hunger Games) with a hint of longing toward being the next The Night Circus.
Overall, the book failed to deliver on its many promises as one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of the year.