Arena is a fast-paced book, touted for fans of the Hunger Games, which I can totally see, but I had issues with it.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I think it’s an engaging read, great for those who are into gaming; but then I disliked how blasé Kali was about using drugs through half of the book. Granted, she realizes halfway through that she is addicted, but it’s not even the drugs that she tries not detox from—she’s addicted to virtual reality. After her teammate (who she was also sleeping with) OD, you would think maybe she would rethink taking drugs.
I think the only way I can separate what I liked and dislike about his book is in a list.
- fast-paced, engaging writing
- fun concept, what with virtual gaming a sort of gladiatorial contest
- the action scenes—those were probably the best out of it all. It got tiring to read the scenes between Kali and Rooke.
- constant drug abuse
- irritating female protagonist—I just really don’t like Kali
- the romance between Kali and Rooke
- too many one-liners
Honestly, this books wasn’t bad—it was an engaging read, and you could read it real quick—but it also wasn’t that great either.
I would be aware, if you read this book, that there is talk about drug use and addiction.
Holly Jenning’s debut book is set to release April 5!
I received an arc copy of this book via Netgalley from Berkley Publishing Group. Thank you!