I found the premise of someone being able to control elements really, really cool. It's part of what kept me reading until the end.
The initial romance between Micah and Kaitlyn is pretty steamy, and pretty nice. I wanted to find out what happened, and I especially wanted to understand Micah's motivations for screwing it up so badly.
A lot of the prose is really lovely, and the descriptions are lucid. For much of the book, I found myself whisked away to the various exotic locales being described.
I hoped to see a new perspective or learn something about the eco-movement or environmentalism, given the eco-fiction thing. No such luck. There were short episodes about composting, recycling water, and saving plankton... but they were not what drove the story.
Instead, I was constantly confused. It felt like I had missed a page, somewhere, in which everything was actually EXPLAINED - if not to me, then at least to the main character. Kaitlyn gets kidnapped, given magical powers, and is initiated into a secret organization without anyone ever sitting her down and saying exactly what it is they want from her, what it is this organization does, what it's rules are, etc. Because of that, there are multiple misunderstandings, without which (conveniently for the author) the plot would not exist.
There was a whole lot of rape. This could have been an interesting opportunity to talk about rape... and perhaps in the sequel, that will be explored. As it stands, I was CRINGING for about 1/6 of the book. I mean, there was a lot of extreme detail, very disturbing psychological games, etc. I didn't expect to be reading a psychological horror when I picked up an "eco-fiction".
The characters were confusing, and poorly developed. I didn't know how old anyone was, for example. Without the big plot holes that kept the story going, the characters may have been able to get along, and there may not have BEEN a plot.
The one exception was the crazy bad guy character. He was cliched, but at least I knew where he was coming from.
He threatens and attacks Kaitlyn right from the start, but for some reason, no one takes his violence seriously. In fact, he is protected by his community. He also sexually harasses the only other female character NON-STOP, and the other characters all laugh it off. Haha! Boys will be boys! That is, of course, until he makes good on his threats, kidnaps Kaitlyn, and rapes for her like a million pages in excruciating detail.
Kaitlyn was a disappointing protagonist. She made a lot of jokes all the time, indicating that the author has a great sense of humour. But that was Kaitlyn's only personality trait, other than making a mess out of things because she doesn't have enough information because of gaping plot holes. She landed herself in all sorts of sticky situations, and is saved every time by Micah.
Overall, this was a disappointing read.