My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the North American continent, eighteen year old Ebony has been living as a slave for as long as she can remember. The underground cities, the tattoo, the scars and the shackles are a part of the only world she has ever known. She knows that in order to survive, she will have to stay strong. And she will stay strong, cursing those in power, until her very last breath. She waits for a meaningful way to die as she quietly pushes her body to its limit…but that all changes when rebels from the surface drop down right in front of her.
Now, Ebony is challenged to envision a life beyond slavery as she and the other escapees are thrown into the center of a rebellion against the monarchy. She has to embrace this glimmer towards a real life…this glimmer called freedom. But what can she contribute to a rebellion that is doomed to fail like those before it? How can they stop a corrupt monarchy that has lasted for a century? Among the lower class, those with hope are hard to come by, but Ebony has found refuge with people full of it. And through their strong desire, an idea emerges…one that has never been done before. The princess of the country is coming of age and what better way to send a message to the king and queen than to kidnap their only daughter?
“Will you cower for the rest of your life and let the world run you over?” She grabbed her by the face, her intense eyes only inches away from hers. “Or will you fight for what you want and take this world by storm?”
Woah, woah, woah!!! That was one heck of a cliffhanger ending leaving the reader wanting the next book immediately! You have been warned!
Anyone that really knows me, knows my love for all things dystopia and this book was no exception.
The book is told in 2 different POV’s from Ebony, the slave and Princess Irene. I must say that I adored Ebony. She had a tough exterior but being able to see her perspective led me to know that she wrestles with herself over right & wrong and truly wanting to help others. Princess Irene was oblivious to the things that were going on in her country. Granted, she had been kept inside her safe bubble but she seemed a tad bit naive to me. Although her life was less than perfect due to the treatment she received from her parents, I tended to not like her as much as Ebony. I found myself looking forward to getting back to the story told by my favorite character.
There was a very diverse cast of characters which was refreshing but tended to get a little confusing trying to keep track of them all. There was also a little confusion in the beginning of each chapter to be able to tell which POV you are reading. It may throw the reader off a little until they get a grasp of how the book is set up.
None of the above points stopped me from enjoying this book immensely. I liked the plot, the world building and the fact that the book seemed very character driven. In my opinion, this was a fantastic start to a new series. One that could easily be a top seller by many of the YA fiction community if they could find out about it via word of mouth.
Thank you to the author for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.
P.S. The book is currently free for Kindle Unlimited and only $0.99
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