Children of Icarus by Caighlan SmithChildren of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

Children of Icarus

byCaighlan Smith

Reinforced Library Binding | August 1, 2016

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It's Clara who's desperate to enter the labyrinth and it's Clara who's bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It's no surprise when she's 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.
As a child, Caighlan Smith loved to build and navigate pillow mazes. An adoration of Greek mythology soon followed. Canadian born and raised, Smith studied English Literature and Classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first novel was published when she was nineteen. The "C" in her name is hard, the "gh" silent.
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Title:Children of IcarusFormat:Reinforced Library BindingDimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:CapstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1630790575

ISBN - 13:9781630790578

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was really excited to pick this up because the premise of the world was interesting to me especially being a fan of the story of Icarus. The protagonist is weak and has little to no redeeming qualities. The other characters are no better. The world building was alright. A lot of the conflicts in the plot could have been easily solved but made unnecessarily complicated by the characters. It was just overall disappointing.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay.. I picked up this book expecting to be entranced, but in reality I barely got through it. The main character got on my nerves. She was always too scared to do ANYTHING, I like when a main character is brave, this one seemed to just follow whatever other people told her to do. She also made the stupidest decisions, and I kinda yelled at my book for her to stop. I liked the ending though, I found I was interested in the book towards the end. I don't regret reading it, but maybe it just wasn't my type of book. Like someone else here said, "just couldn't love it".
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book The middle was boring but it was okay in general
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't Love It I really really wanted to love this book. The concept really captivated me and I was looking forward to a unique world and history. I got a taste of it, and then it was a survival game, and then a whole lot of boring, pointless chapters in the middle that turned out to be abhorrently cruel near the end of that section. Honestly, most of the characters were jerks or whiners and the main character was afraid of her own shadows. But the final section was really good, so good that I wish I'd have had more of that instead. There are a lot of open plot holes and confusion (we never even learn the main character's name), and I can't see myself continuing the series.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting & engaging read! Dystopian books aren't new - but this was a refreshing yet slightly disturbing take on the genre. Children are selected as part of a mythic story to find a way through a massive labyrinth in order to become angels. No one in the outside world knows what happens in the maze - and that likely is a good thing. Similar to the Hunger Games, these children are unprepared and untrained when selected but in this book they do not go through a rigorous training program - they are simply released into the labyrinth. Mythical beasts await the children, never hesitating before hunting their newest prey. A group of older children begin to train the newest Icarii (the name given to the children entering the labyrinth) yet internal conflict develops rapidly. This is an extremely engaging book for fans of dystopia but who are looking for a different interpretation unlike others in the genre. There is quite a lot of gore and violent scenes, best suited for older/ mature teen readers. Other similar books would be Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Date published: 2016-08-28