With such mixed reviews, I honestly didn't know where I was going to fall when I finished this book. I'm happy to say I fell on the side of really liking it.
I thought it had a cast of characters that were Neal Schusterman like, ones that I cared about and enjoyed reading about. I really liked Thomas, Chuck, Newt, and Minho.
The book was full of action and confusion, and yes sometimes the secrecy was a little annoying, mostly I didn't mind though.
I'd say that the only thing in the book that I felt was unnecessary was Theresa. The book didn't need a love story, and what she accomplished could have been done with Thomas only.
Final verdict? 4 stars, solidly.