This book is hard to describe. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts slowly, alternating between Zander and his compatriots trying to survive in the Arctic, and Zeph, Zander's brother, looking for him in a secret instillation in South America. In the middle of the book, the pace picks up and continues at breakneck speed, with twists and revelations coming every few pages. Emerson sets up several intriguing questions and plot threads and leaves the book on a cliffhanger. I am anxious for the sequel.
The book seems to jump around, some scenes not really seeming connected but it comes together, not tidily, but together, near the end. Most of the characters have their distinct personality but this is definitely a YA novel. The "global corporation taking over the world" scheme may seem cliched but Emerson puts enough twists on it to keep you guessing and wanting to know the history of Digitus and their methods.
All in all, a solid debut. If you can get past a slightly dull and somewhat confusing beginning, the book picks up steam and is hard to put down. At only 200+ pages, it is an easy, quick, enjoyable read.