While the theme of Cursed definitely felt similar to some things we’ve seen before, Armentrout certainly put her own spin on it, and even referenced at least the main one I was thinking it was similar to….X-men!
I liked the creeptastic idea of this ramshackle “family” of gifted kids all being rescued/recruited by this Cromwell guy. I think that Ember had good reason for reserving her trust for Cromwell and most of his people, I can see there being even more secrets and animosity there in the future. Hayden seemed like an interesting guy, and I liked how he was with Ember, when he wasn’t completely stalking her from the shadows….that part was just a little off putting for me. His gift was pretty interesting, I’m not sure I even get what all he can do. And the end of the book left a lot open for the possibility of exploring everyone’s gifts a lot more, and unraveling the mystery that Ember and her family, the Facility and even Cromwell and his freakish family.