This was a fun read. I liked the concept of The Luminaries, and I really liked Talia as a character. I thought the writing was pretty strong and the characters definitely were well developed and interesting.
With that mentioned, I didn't feel completely pulled into the story. While there is nothing technically wrong with the book or the characters, I just wasn't engrossed as I would have liked. I can't find anything particularly wrong with the book or the story to put my finger on the problem, so it may just be my mood. (I've been pretty fickle with my reads lately!) I can't fault the writer on that at all.
So my breakdown:
I would recommend this one. I may pick it up later and give it a re-read to see if it catches me fully then. If I do, I'll adjust my review.