This first volume in the wayward series does one thing splendidly; it's a good description of Japan, for as far as I can tell. It feels real and fellow reader have experienced the same thing.
The story itself, unfortunately, is not that spectacular. A young girl moves from Ireland to her mother in Japan, and despite all the stories she must have heard, is still quite culture-shocked. It even gets worse when all kind of figures, apparently from Japanese mythology.
At first I was intrigued when the strings first showed up, but unfortunately the rest of the story was quite generic hero's emergence story. None of the characters stood out for me. This being said, as this felt like it was building up into something more (hopefully with better character development) and I liked learning about Japanese culture, I might try the next volume.
String Theory is the first volume of the Wayward series.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!