3 stars · dystopia · young adult

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy

Legend #2
Book 1: Legend

author : marie lu

pages : [hardcover] 371

memorable quote He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.

favorite character : day

summary :

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

review :

I have a feeling that this is a trilogy that only keeps getting better. While it isn’t one of my favorites (and I wanted so badly to love it!) these books have some great elements that I think everyone should take a look at. I love a book that makes you think.

For instance, just as soon as you’re sure you have it all figured out in Prodigy . . . something comes along and blows it all away. In an amazingly realistic sense. It’s hard to pinpoint who, exactly, is the bad guy here because everyone has their different motivations, their evils and kindnesses, and there are so many agendas going on that it’s difficult for June and Day to know who their real allies are. Apart from each other, of course. The way their relationship progressed was pretty sweet, too.

Again, I just have a problem with the writing style. I’m unsure of whether it’s Marie Lu or simply the way she crafted these books. I’m tempted to continue following her writing even after I finish Champion because she has amazing ideas and I WANT to be able to enjoy them more.

Something I really did love? The action. Yes, these books are perfect for people looking for an adrenaline rush–and if you need nothing else, I’m certain you’ll love them. There’s never a dull moment here because even when the characters are resting, it’s usually only because they’ve discovered a new and terrible plot twist that’s about to make a whole other mess come down on them.

 Day is still my favorite character to read because, come on, who doesn’t prefer the rebellious badass. I love June for who she is, the strength she has, and the beautifully sharp mind she’s got . . . but there’s just something about vigilante justice that’s that much cooler.

While these aren’t my favorite books, I’ll recommend that others at least give them a go. I know there are others out there who’ll love them more than me!

Writing: 55%
Characters: 80%
Romance: 60%
Action: 100%
Plot: 70%
Overall: 73%

3/5 stars

dystopia · series · young adult

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend

Legend #1

author : marie lu

pages : [hardcover] 305

memorable quote Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again.

favorite character : day

summary :

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

review :

Legend. I’ve been hearing about it for years. I’ve even had the privilege of hearing Marie Lu speak at Book Con (twice!) before I even picked up one of her books. Possibly because by the time I heard about her trilogy, I was on dystopian overload and decided that I needed to give that genre a rest for a little while. Because it’s been a long time since I’ve read a dystopian I’ve loved, and my friend was kind enough to let me borrow these books from her, I finally dove into the world of Legend. I wasn’t immediately impressed.

The book alternates between Day, vigilante on the streets, and June, prodigy of the military nation they live in. What was awesome about Day’s chapters were that they were written in gold ink, which I thought was pretty unique and fun. The text itself fit into their personalities. Day is fighting for freedom and individuality; June prefers the black text, what’s expected, known, and follows the rules.

I think throughout the novel I began to look forward to Day’s chapters, probably because they often ended on mini cliffhangers and I wanted to know what was happening with him. It wasn’t that June ever truly bored me, but sometimes I wanted to push past her angst-y wondering and political problems to get to Day’s more pressing (and life-threatening) issues. He’s a fun character to read, but I never fully connected with him in Legend. I never understood why he needed to be on his own instead of joining the other rebels, why he wasn’t helping his family more.

I will say that there are some parts of his story I found really predictable and others that were refreshingly new. I did love how some parts of the story that I was waiting to happen (that I can’t discuss for fear of spoiling!) happened much sooner than I ever thought they would, so I had to wonder what could possibly happen next to complicate things enough to fill the novel.

I’m not sure if I’ll recommend Legend. While parts of the story are interesting, there is nothing distinctively unique about this that wowed me, particularly because I don’t think I connect with Lu’s writing style.

Writing: 50%
Characters: 75%
Romance: 60%
Action: 98%
Plot: 70%
Overall:  70.6%

3/5 stars

3 stars · fiction · young adult

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I’ve Done

author : gabrielle zevin

Pages : [hardcover] 354

memorable quote I did learn something about insanity while I was down there. People go crazy, not because they are crazy, but because it’s the best available option at the time.

summary :

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I’ve Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

review:

I love Gabrielle Zevin and I’ve been waiting so long to start this new series. It finally came out as an ebook for a good deal so of course I had to get it to try it out. I was a little unsure about the concept of the novel, not the least because to me it seems incredibly unbelievable. Chocolate could not ever be banned. Can you imagine the revolts that would happen? A revolution I would totally take part in because chocolate is way too good to let it go forever!

My opinion of this book oscillated a few times throughout the novel. Most of the writing was disappointing, verging to extremely corny in some moments. For example, at one point in the book Win calls Annie “lass” for no particular reason (and this repeats a few other times throughout the book) when he’s not Scottish, which to me would be the only justification for it. Maybe a Scottish grandfather, seeing as they’re in America. His reasoning for it was something like saying it felt like the word fit her. No, it just ended up sounding condescending and like a bad attempt to get a cute pet name for her.

Then there would be surprisingly badass plot points that would pick up my interest again and kept me reading the entire novel. I’m not sure if that’s enough to keep me through the whole series; if anything, I’ll borrow the next book from a library, not purchase it myself. Or I’ll find someone who’s already read it to tell me all about it.

While there are a few loose ends I’m curious about, I’m not invested enough in the novel or characters to recommend this to anyone. Now I’m realizing why I waited so long to try out this series.

3/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · young adult

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

 

 The Walled City

author : ryan graudin

pages : [hardcover] 432

memorable quote Kids with roofs and hot food have better things to do than play survival of the thuggiest.

favorite characters : dai & jin

summary :

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

review :

I absolutely loved this book! From the very first page, I was hooked.

The narration switches between Dai (a boy trying to complete a mysterious, dangerous mission), Jin (a girl disguised as a boy, trying to find her sister), and Mei Yee (a girl sold into prostitution by her own father). Throughout the novel, I was trying to determine who I loved hearing from the most and honestly didn’t end up choosing. Each of them had a nice, distinctive voice, which I absolutely loved because sometimes narratives can get confusing when the characters all sound so similar. They were all brave, in their own ways, and I wanted each of them to get the happy ending they deserved.

I did really love Jin’s journey. She sneaks into this city filled with criminals, with no law whatsoever, and lives on the streets for two years just on the chance that she might find her sister again. She’s incredibly loyal and smart, fierce as anything, and she knows how to take care of herself. But she’s not so callous that she doesn’t care for those who need her.

Dai was a little harsher but I felt for him all the same. All of the characters have been through traumatizing events, obviously–no one escapes The Walled City unscathed. But he’s constantly haunted by his past, wanting to make amends for it–though he’s never sure that he’s really a good person.

And even though Mei Yee was locked inside of the brothel, in such a limited setting her story became a powerful force. Just reading about how she longed to see the ocean just once, the other girls she befriended in that terrible place, and the horror she needed to put up with on a daily basis had me rooting for her. She’s beautiful, yes, but mostly on the inside, where it counts for the most.

There’s so much action in this novel and I loved it. From street thugs fighting each other to powerful drug lords taking out the competition, there’s danger around every corner in this novel. It’s one where you think you know what’s going to happen–until you flip to the next page and there’s another twist that will completely blow your mind.

I completely loved the ending, too. As soon as I finished this book, I knew that it was going to be one that I’ll read over and over again; it’s an instant favorite and I can’t wait to see what this author puts out next because I’ll be picking it up!

5/5 stars

3 stars · fiction · young adult

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

 

The Jewel

author : amy ewing

pages : [hardcover] 358

favorite character : raven

memorable quote : “Hope is a precious thing, isn’t it,” she says. “And yet, we don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.”

summary :

he Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

review :

I really enjoyed the first half of this novel and was entertained but disappointed with the second half. Amy Ewing creates an interesting environment in The Jewel, where it appears that the entire world is a city  surrounded by the sea and separated into different layers that denote a person’s class. At the heart of the city is the Jewel, where all of the rich people live and where Violet is trapped as a surrogate years after they discover she has the magical abilities that are necessary for surrogates to have. She was put up for auction, stripped of her name, and told to forget about her past.

I did enjoy reading about Violet, for the most part. She struggled to remember her family and wants nothing more than to return to them. She hates the system, obviously, but isn’t trying to take it down so much as she’s hoping she can slip through it and return to the life which was stolen from her. I liked her little rebellions, even when they weren’t the smartest choices. It showed that Violet was still in there, even though potential escape seemed hopeless.

As soon as the love interest was introduced (surprisingly late into the book), she turned into someone I didn’t like. While I understand that both she and the interest have had limited, restrictive lives, so perhaps that’s why there was so much immediate attraction . . . He becomes all that Violet can think about. She’s no longer worrying about her family or herself; she’s only dreaming about his eyes and risking everything in silly ways. She could have still had the romance without being so ridiculous about it, which was frustrating to me and ended up making me severely dislike the latter half of the book.

Some of the twists were very predictable but I’m still interested in seeing what happens with this series next. While I won’t be purchasing the next book, I will be reading it and hoping that these books will redeem themselves. Even though plots of this type have become overdone, I can see the areas where Ewing has the chance to prove herself as an author and really hope that she’ll be able to pull it off.

3.5/5 stars

 

5 stars · dystopia · young adult

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust

Not a Drop to Drink #2

release date : september 23rd

author : mindy mcginnis

pages : [hardcover] 384

memorable quote They found each other’s hands in the dark, and an angel with chipped marble wings watched over them as they slept.

favorite characters : lynn & lucy

summary :

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

review :

Not a Drop to Drink is one of my favorite books and I’d never expected to love it when I first started reading it. While it’s a great book on it’s own, as soon as I heard about a companion novel set in the same world several years after the events of book one, I absolutely had to get my hands on it. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed! Mindy McGinnis delivers again with an action-filled, heart-wrenching story that’ll have you crying, laughing, and thinking of how thankful you are that you don’t need to go through the trials Lynn and Lucy do.

What makes In a Handful of Dust so different from its predecessor is how we’re shown more of the United States as it is after the devastation of the Shortage. I liked getting to see more side characters with their own stories, whether they’re old enough to remember the world before things went bad or if they’re like Lynn and Lucy, never having known anything but this harsh life.

Both books show humanity’s capacity for cruel actions but I think this second book really honed how people were willing to go to any length to survive. I thought that it was bad learning about Lynn’s upbringing, alone with her mother who taught her from a young age to shoot anyone on sight, simply so those people wouldn’t have the chance to take a little of their water. This companion book has many more horrors. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say there were a few twists that had me gagging.

In the first book, Lucy was only a little girl, so it was fantastic to get to see how her personality has developed now that she’s older. Obviously I was also excited to see Lynn; she’s had such a devastating life that she’s one of those characters I just want to hold back and protect from all of the bad things in the world. She’s such a strong woman, though, and her bond with Lucy absolutely makes the book for me. The two of them could be set in any kind of world, in any time, and I’d still love them and the little family they’ve made for themselves.

I really, really love these books and want to recommend them to everyone. Mindy McGinnis is fabulous and I want more of her writing immediately. She makes it so easy to slip into the world she’s created, so easy to fall in love with her characters. Go read her great prose for yourself.

5/5 stars

4 stars · dystopia

Rise by Anna Carey

 

Rise

The Eve Trilogy #3
Book 1: Eve
Book 2: Once

author : anna carey

pages : [hardcover] 310

favorite characters : eve & clara

summary :

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father’s top adviser—Eve’s whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb’s memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King’s court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she’s called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey’s epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

review :

 This is the last book in the Eve trilogy and I was really looking forward to seeing how the author was going to conclude these books. Rise starts just a few weeks after the conclusion of book two. While I feel like the plot of this book read just as quickly as the other two books, it also lacked the amount of detail and character connections that I’ve been searching for throughout the series and hoped would finally come through in this final novel.

I think that I’ve come to the conclusion that while Rise and the other Eve books are interesting and made me want to know what was going to happen next, they aren’t very memorable as a whole for the dystopian genre. I’m not going to rave about how I love the characters because there is no epic love connection or friendship; characters that I knew that I should care about, I felt like I barely knew. It saddened me because I feel so much potential in the ideas Carey focuses on. I can only hope that her writing will improve and I’ll definitely try more from her in the future.

While I didn’t dislike the way that this book ended, at first it infuriated me. I’d waited that long to have it end like that? Yet the more I sat on it-and it’s been a week since I read it, until I felt able to review the book-the more I liked that ending. It seemed fitting and worked well with the way the rest of the book was written. I can imagine what’s going to happen next and maybe what’s in my mind is even better because I can infuse it with feeling that might not have been there if more had been included in the original text.

Would I recommend this trilogy? Yes, definitely. But it would be more of a dystopian for the summer, a lighter trilogy that doesn’t take a huge attention span or time commitment. I might end up rereading these books in the future; I’ll definitely keep an eye out to see what Carey’s writing in the future. This isn’t the best trilogy, but it’s a good, satisfying one.

4/5 stars

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Here Lies Love by Dan Thompson

 

Here Lies Love

author : dan thompson

pages : [paperback] 292

memorable quote “What is love worth in this broken world? Nothing!” he spat. “Absolutely nothing. Love won’t feed you. Love won’t rescue you from starvation.”

favorite character : abbey

summary :

Would death be less painful than life?

When she is sold by her father, Abbey discovers that nightmares can occur when you’re awake. Trapped inside a wooden cage, Abbey is forced to listen to the horrors and atrocities above; time ticking down until it is her turn. But Abbey isn’t prepared to become a victim; she will escape.

Although, what Abbey isn’t prepared for, is how harsh and unfair the world can be. With the sun turning its back on humanity long ago, life gives no opportunity. The only thing Abbey can do is learn to survive. To exist. And that means stealing any opportunity that comes her way. Haunted by the unpleasant memories bestowed upon her only nurtures Abbey’s paranoia, until she realises that to truly live in the world, she must confront the person who was responsible for her misfortune – her father.

Here Lies Love is a New Adult tale of actuality, of facing up to the fact that love comes in many guises. Can Abbey find the one glimmer of hope or will she be overcome with the darkness of revenge?

Here Lies Love is coming June 28th 2014.

review :

I thought that the idea of this novel was so interesting and that’s why I first wanted to pick it up. I wanted to read about Abbey’s journey and learn more about her world as well as how it had come to be like this. Obviously in our world if the sun was simply gone, we’d all be dead. I wanted to know how things were in that world.

While the book was interesting, it was a little lacking in execution. Some of it was worded oddly and it sounded like the text could have used another polish before being published. Of course, I realize that perhaps the writing style simply wasn’t for me. I think it’s one of those books that I enjoyed but think that others might like a lot more than I did!

The characters in this were interesting and Abbey was the real reason that I liked Here Lies Love. She’s a strong character but isn’t without her moments of weakness. She’s simply human and can’t do everything on her own. I liked that she sometimes needed others to help her but most importantly, she was also capable of saving herself.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, gritty read.

3/5 stars

4 stars · dystopia · young adult

Once by Anna Carey

 

Once

Eve #2
Book 1: Eve

author : anna carey

pages : [hardcover] 354

memorable quote Only boring people get bored.

favorite characters : caleb & eve

summary :

When you’re being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She’s living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past–and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together–but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to “Eve,” Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

review :

 I picked this book up right after I finished Eve. I don’t know what it is about these books that have me addicted to them. They aren’t action-packed dystopians, more character and setting based situations. Yet as soon as I picked up Once, it was just like book one: I couldn’t put it down and flew through this book. It was a very quick read, one that I really liked, and something that made me excited for book three.

What made me really happy about book two were the plot twists I couldn’t predict. Sometimes I knew that Eve was making a mistake with some decision she made but I was never certain of how it was going to play out. I feel like there are so many different things at work in these books that are going to completely come together in the third and final book in this trilogy. Once just builds up more suspense and makes me eager to see how things will play out!

The one thing that did annoy me about this book was how Eve’s priorities sometimes seemed skewed. Whenever she wasn’t in immediate danger, she would relax and not think of ways to try to help her friends who were in terrible situations. When she was in trouble, then she would lament about how she would never be able to save anyone else. Sometimes she trusted people she shouldn’t have and did some naive things but most of that can be chalked up to her isolated upbringing. She’s slowly expanding her awareness and realizing that most of what she’s been taught is a lie . . but this book, like the last one, shows how she’s tentatively beginning to think for herself.

I really like these books so far and would really recommend them. They’re quick reads but I think they’re entertaining and nothing like the dystopians I’ve been reading lately. If you’re looking for more action, I wouldn’t head for the Eve trilogy, but if you want interesting characters and great writing, pick these books up!

4/5 stars

5 stars · dystopia · series · young adult

Eve by Anna Carey

 

Eve

Eve #1

author : anna carey

pages : [hardcover] 336

memorable quote You can love anyone. Love is just caring about someone very deeply. Feeling like that person matters to you, like your whole world would be sadder without them in it.

favorite characters : eve & benny

summary :

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying.

review :

I’ve had this trilogy on my radar for a while but only just decided to pick it up. I love dystopian novels but sometimes it can get to feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over. Fortunately Eve was a little breath of fresh air from what I’ve been reading recently. I really, really liked this novel and can’t wait to move on to the next book!

Eve moves at a slower pace than many other books in its genre but I think that it works well for this novel because it gives the reader more time to adjust to Eve’s world and also allows us to see things from her perspective. She hasn’t been outside the walls of the School since she was five years old and has no real instincts for survival. She isn’t like other dystopian heroines because she isn’t immediately a kick-ass kind of girl. She isn’t stupid, either; I saw her as the gentle, motherly type of person who’s incredibly smart but maybe has no survival sense.

This was a really quick read, especially because I kept wanting to know what would happen next with the characters. You could fly through these pages very quickly, especially if you’re a serious reader. That really worked for me because I felt like even though the pacing of the plot was slower, I was making so much progress with reading that I hardly noticed that.

It did help that the whole book had a Peter Pan vibe going for it, what with Eve running from home and Caleb taking her to a band of boys who view her as a kind of mother. Even though I’m not sure that any of it was meant in that way, it was cute and made me want to look for other parts of the book that felt more like a fairy tale than a dystopia.

Overall, I thought that this book was great. It has some of the same elements as other dystopian books but I loved how the characters made it different and I can see where the plot might go next. I’m hoping that the next installment has a little more action, fleshes out the characters more, and gets me excited for book three!

5/5 stars