Might be the best to start this thread, see who's ready to join up and get things started?
Threads don't sink fast on this forum so it's around for a while for those that want to join in but haven't read the book yet
My short impression of the book: didn't like it much. It is extremely repetitive at first, constantly hammering in the fact that the city isn't a good way to live and that the Council are basically fascists. I tend to get that message quick, I definitely do not need to be reminded almost every time Kellen gets in a pensive mood.
It's very stereotypical, the outcasts are the good guys and know how to live with the other races in peace and cooperation while the big city of humans with the "adults" are the bad ones. Kellen just happens to encounter his sister when he leaves the city, then happens to be a knight-mage when they were in trouble later on.
However, I've never cared all that much about originality, not storywise anyway as this is very hard to get completely. Everything's been written before, in some form or another. So that's not a problem for me.
Ultimately it was the repetitiveness and at times the simplicity of it all that ruined it for me.
Anyone else got some first thoughts?