I am going to start with the positive. My first China Miéville book. Love his writing. I really do. I cannot wait to read The City & The City, which is the real Miéville book that I am waiting to read but wasn't at my bookstore. Love that he tries different genres of fiction in his writing. I really admire that. And, his sense of imagination is incredible. How he thought up all those things and names and ideas... I dunno. Amazing.
All that being said, I chose his YA novel because they are usually easy to get into or at least with me, I am able to get through them better even if they are not that great. It kills me to say it but even though I really like his writing style... YA is definitely not his strong suite. It was not the fast fun read that I thought it was going to be. It was not a fast read for me at all. Things were a lot more in-depth. It was almost like a Lord of the Rings, OMG I should be taking notes, type of book. Well, not to that extreme but heading in that direction.
It took a while to really get into the main story. I would say, if you are going to read it, to give it at least 150 pages, maybe even more. It sort of drags at the start but it is almost needed in order to understand the rest of the story more fully. Not going to give any spoilers but Hemi is my favorite character. Love him!
The next book I pick up is definitely going to be The City & City. Cannot wait.