Unfortunately for me, I found the story rather dull. The story focused too heavily on the budding romance between the two characters, and it appears it is actually quite hard to portray the urgency and danger when solving puzzles, through words... It didn’t help that I felt no connection to the characters, and therefore was not interested in their safety.
The first 25-30% has more info dumping than action, I nearly DNFed it but pushed through because everyone said the ending was worth it. There was a lot of repetition of information which bored me, I could tell they were trying to hit home how each character had important things on the line and the stakes were high. But it slowed the story right down.
After that ending though, I feel like the whole point of the story was contradictory. The high stakes also feels like they were unnecessary.
I really wish I liked this! I love both of the authors and their other works, but this story was not that exciting...
I probably won’t read the sequel.