Children of Icarus

Children of Icarus

by Caighlan Smith


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It’s Clara who’s desperate to enter the labyrinth and it’s Clara who’s bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It’s no surprise when she’s chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

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ISBN-13: 9781630790578
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: Switch Press
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

As a child, Caighlan Smith loved to build and navigate pillow mazes. An adoration of Greek mythology soon followed. Canadian born and raised, Smith studied English Literature and Classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first novel was published when she was nineteen.

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Children of Icarus 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's not very well known but it should be. Highly reccomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just getting to the point of becoming frustrated with the main character being timid and mouselike when finally, through an interesting story twist, she morphed into a stronger survivilist. Overall very good writing, and interesting story. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent finished it yet but it is really good the auther is really elequent but i'm reading this on my nook so i can easily look up the words
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
Content Warning: Bullying, Abuse, Gore, Attempted Rape, Borderline Masochism Before I really got into this book, I was pretty excited to read it. However, at only ten percent into it, I realized it was going to be a very different read that I had expected. Sure, mythology has it’s creepy, and rather gory moments, but Children of Icarus takes it to a new level. The story begins in the city of Daedala and gives only brief accounts of its makeup, history, and societal functions. The scene quickly shifts to inside the labyrinth as it follows the main character for the remainder of the book. While some details are given in both settings, vague terminology and direction give the reader a sense of being lost. Which, for a book like this, I guess is appropriate–seeing how the characters are lost in a labyrinth… The most page time for world building is spent on identifying the creatures in the labyrinth and developing the social hierarchy among the Icarii. Society is structured upon, and orbits around an interpretation of the Greek mythology story of Icarus and Daedalus (aka Daedala in this version). To the residents of Daedala, Icarus is a sort of god. The people of Daedala would choose a select number of children between the ages of ten and sixteen each year to become “Icarii” and enter the labyrinth in order to find the end of the maze. Once through, they would enter into Alyssia–the land of the angels and have the honor of welcoming Icarus home. Things that I liked: ⇒ The way the plot was constructed around the original mythological tale. ⇒ The Executioner’s character complexity. ⇒ For the most part, it was romance-free. Things that I didn’t like: ⇒ The overall brutality. ⇒ The major variation in pacing. ⇒ The feeling that the backstory was somewhat incomplete and therefore, left unexplained. ⇒ The main character’s passiveness when she was being bullied and abused, her general character being rather annoying, and the weird masochistic qualities that surfaced at a few points in time. ⇒ There is little detail given on character description across the board. Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this book. The gore and dismal atmosphere overpowered anything else in the story and kept me from enjoying it much–not that I found much to enjoy. While I liked how it was a creative twist on the original mythological tale, I felt that a lot of the plot was left unexplored, the characters underdeveloped (and unlikeable), and uncomfortable topics being focused on that weren’t redeeming in any way. This may be a case of “it’s me, not you,” but I also don’t think that action scenes and suspense make for a solid plot alone. Vulgarity: Surprisingly, none! Sexual content: As stated in the content warning at the beginning of this review, there was a scene that felt like it was leading up to something, and then another scene where rape was actually attempted. Violence: Quite a lot, including very gory scenes. My Rating: ★★
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had me hooked all the way through. It has so many twists, u won't be able to guess what happens. I really really hope the author comes out with book 2!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Switch Press for the download of Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith! This story begins with the story of Icarus, which sets the scene for the rest of the book. Clara and her friend, the main character, are going to the Temple of Icarus to see if they will be chosen as angels, as children of Icarus, and will become Icarii. The chosen enter the labyrinth and what awaits them is unexpected. Violence ensues. A group saves them and takes them with as they travel out of the labyrinth and into Fates. The older Icarii explain their future - each of them makes a choice between being a scavenger or a caretaker. Once they reach Fates, their new lives begin. The main character says "Clara" in her sleep and another girl assumes that is her name. Collin, the real Clara's brother, finds her and it has been so long since they've seen each other that he only recognizes her because of Clara's hair ribbon that she is wearing. Collin later finds parts of the real Clara while he's on a scavenging trip and calls the main character Nameless and treats her violently. She is sent away with Gina and Felix, who both end up dying and the only people left are her and The Executioner. The Executioner teachers her survival skills and becomes her friend. When The Executioner sacrifices herself to save Nameless, she reads a letter left for her by The Executioner and discovers who she is and the truth about who The Executioner is also. Confusing storyline made sensible by the author - 4 stars!
Liela More than 1 year ago
The pace moved fast and slow teetering then hit you with the unpredictability. For some reason I envisioned something totally different however I’m glad the ending turned out the way it did, well just maybe? Insane characters no kidding, psycho! The author written the story with a lot of vigor and robust, remember the brutality the characters inflicted to thy neighbor and thy self. Now the story made me flinch and draw in a whole lot of air with unbelievable flippant words shooting out of my mouth. Okay there were moments of sweetness I must confess, *sigh* okay, I drop a few tears, had to find some tissue, sniff . . sniff . . That is the reason why I fell for it, turmoil of emotions. One thing that intrigued me in this story, the main protagonist is who? So much attention, angel to be? She was there but not there, labyrinth, Greek mythology, monster, maze, sound familiar. No, not really, just a good read to keep you reading. Wait did it have a maze? No, screechers and executioner, scary. Thank you, received a free book in exchange for a review. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
tpolen More than 1 year ago
The description of this book immediately made me want to read it. If the protagonist had actually been Clara, I might have enjoyed it more. This has shades of James Dashner's The Maze Runner all over it - only it happens within a labyrinth. I'll try to be fair about the protagonist in Children of Icarus - but I'm not making any promises. She's an only child and for 16 years lives in a single building where she attends classes, social activities, etc. Sheltered life is an understatement. Around page 30, I decided she was useless, helpless, and utterly lacking in survival instincts and hoped she was eaten by the otherworldly monsters outside their shelter. That, coupled with the fact that the reader never knows her real name, made it impossible for me to connect with her. By the time she begins to show some backbone, her actions seem to come out of left field and are entirely unbelievable. The secondary characters possess more depth and intrigue and are the reason I continued reading. I liked the writing style and mythological aspects mentioned in this book and the ending gives an interesting setup for the sequel, which I suspect will be a better read and will hopefully expand on the world-building. Children of Icarus would appeal to fantasy and dystopia fans - and judging by some other reviews, many loved this book - but it wasn't really for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LuluRoadsideReader More than 1 year ago
Just seeing Icarus and labyrinth, I was extremely excited! Being a huge Greek mythology nerd (and a classics minor student in uni), I knew I needed to read this, thinking it would be heavily mythology based. Surprisingly, it wasn’t really. Instead, Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith is more of a general YA dystopian novel, which isn’t to say that’s a bad thing. Just different from what the short synopsis seemed to suggest. There’s a nameless narrator that is by far the worst character of the novel up until the last 20%. This really killed the book for me. I just couldn’t get behind her at all. In fact, I actually put the book down and had to stop because I was just so annoyed by her, I preferred cooking my weekly lunches for work than continue. Why is she annoying? I’ll probably whinge about it in detail on the spoiler vlog tomorrow, but mainly, her inability to do anything. There was no personality in her. No nothing for the majority of the story. That said, you might be wondering how it managed to get three and a half stars from me. You might be thinking pffft, free title, of course it got higher than three stars. Nope. Just because the narrator was dull, doesn’t mean the book was. The story was very interesting and there were just enough bits of mythology and Greek-ness to keep me hooked. Side characters Elle and Addie were super interesting and I wanted more of them. I also wanted more of Theo and to see if Theo and Nameless could start a relationship, or if Nameless and Ryan would since the author kept thrusting them together. But nothing happened because the narrator is pretty much nothing. The last 33% of the book really bumped the stars up. The Executioner was amazing and then the mind freak that happens right at the very end, I was just speechless. I could not believe that was how the book would end, just as it was getting good. Just as Nameless started to hint at becoming someone, something. If you’re seriously into YA dystopian, you’ll really enjoy Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith. If you’re just a casual fan, you might wanna wait and check it out at the library. If there’s the potential of a sequel being released, then I’d say definitely give it a shot. // I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review //