This book started strong and sucked me right into Starr's life. The detail of her schedule, her over-achieving personality and her aptitude were well written. And, while the premise seems a bit far-fetched, it was believable in the way the author wrote. I loved her calculated escape from the Organization, and every explanation of her plans following.
However, once she met up with Christian I think the novel spun away from it being about a strong, independent, smart heroine, to a naive, emotional wreck, who was dependent on a boy. It seemed as though Starr's character altered drastically when this cute young man came into the picture, and it left me feeling disappointed.
I also did not understand why the scene involving her Grandparent's was added. It felt like they were thrown in just as a means of showing off Starr's keen logic and problem solving skills. Which this story line did, but it also came out of nowhere and seemed unnecessary to the plot. Felt very V. C. Andrews all of the sudden.
The novel picked up again after her Grandparent's disappeared from the page. Starr began behaving more like her previous self, but I still found her need for Christian to be annoying. Granted I am sure this is all explained throughout the three book series. It just seemed like their relationship advanced way too quickly for a young woman who, until recently, scheduled, planned and mapped out her life in immense detail. I also hope in the next two novels in the series that there is more description of Christian, and that his character is fully flushed out.
This novel started the ball rolling, with an intense, dramatic and thrilling beginning. Hopefully the next two in the series iron out the kinks. Starr has the potential to be a phenomenal heroine, when she is not continuously deciding between leaving Christian for his own safety and staying with him because his kisses win all arguments.
Book 42/50...8 to go.