*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a good book with a cool premise about humans and elves living in domes with a dystopian society post-apocalypse.
I think the reason it didn’t fully click with me though was because the book was more focused on plot than characters. It was the characters’ motivation that moved the plot forward, but there were a lot of POVs with related but different things going on so that the reader could get a full understanding of life in the domes, the problems, the history, the secrets, the brewing rebellion, etc. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just didn’t allow for getting to know the individual characters super well. So whether or not that would be an issue depends on your taste. And it is a series, so you might get to know the characters better as it goes on.
One thing I appreciated was that the author didn’t leave the reader hanging with a bunch of mysteries and no answers the way authors often do in the first book of a series.
I also liked the friendship between Ripley and Felix. It’s nice to see strong friendships in books.
Overall, the focus on plot over characters made this book not quite for me, but I did enjoy the story, converging storylines can be fun, and the author clearly has some plans for where this series is headed, what with the way things ended. I think plenty of people will enjoy this.
Anyone who likes post-apocalyptic societies, elves, and multiple POVs.
For fans of The City of Ember, The Lunar Chronicles, and The Hunger Games, an epic sci-fi adventure awaits!
Antiquity’s Gate forced two realities to collide—what followed tore one of them apart.
Now those who remain coexist beneath the shelter of a domed Antarctic city, held together by a tenuous peace and an increasingly dystopian hierarchy. Any hope of one day leaving the confines of Sanctuary is little more than a fading ember.
A mid-level systems operator, Ripley does his best to stay out of trouble. His best friend Felix, an irreverent half-breed shunned by society, can’t seem to do the same. When Felix’s family is targeted by an unjust law, there’s nowhere to run. The city of Sanctuary had once been a safe haven—now it has become a cage.
Ripley’s desperate attempt to help his friends escape tragedy uncovers a conspiracy that envelops the last refuge of mankind in an ever-tightening net.
The people of Sanctuary have never seen a sunrise.
If Ripley and Felix aren’t prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, none of them ever will.
The first book in the sweeping Antiquity’s Gate series, Three Days Till Dawn explores the depths of friendship and betrayal in a city teetering on the edge of two worlds. With delicately interwoven threads, this slow burning mystery explores a post-apocalyptic future through the eyes of many—none of whom have all the answers.