Review: The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders|Dystopian at it’s finest!

Published October 1st 2018 by Skyscape

In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

My Thoughts & Ramblings

Resist much, obey little. Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved. Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes it’s liberty.

Dystopian is the shit…

I adore a good dystopian book and it has been a long while since I was given one that I enjoyed so much!

This book was perfection! There wasn’t a sticky love triangle, in fact, there was zero romance! Yup, believe it! Just a tight bond between twin sisters that they were trying so desperately to hold onto.The world building and descriptions were phenomenal and I really felt like I had become part of their world.

A book is only as good as it’s characters….

I loved both sisters, Mira & Ava. In the beginning, it would have been very hard to decipher between the two if I had not had the heading of each chapter told in dual POV. But, towards the end, the sisters become their own individual beings and that is when they finally realize that they are separate people and do not have to pretend any longer.

One of my favorite characters is the girls’ crazy grandmother, Rayla. She is just all kinds of a hoot and you never knew what was going to come next from her or where she was going to lead us.

My frustration level may have risen a tad…

This story is about twin sisters that should not have been. The world they live in has a one child rule, meaning you are only allowed one child in your household at all times. Their father had trained them from very young how to get around the rules and not be spotted or “found out”.

The twins basically switch off every other day going to school. Even their sleeping arrangements and dinner gets switched. While one is upstairs, the other is in their underground bedroom where no one is the wiser. They use Ava’s name and Mira is not suppose to exist.

This concept was so frustrating to me and I felt so bad for Mira. She took it in stride though and actually never let it get to her. She did sometimes think how it would be nice to just be herself and come out of hiding where she could stand with her sister and not be afraid.

Ava usually goes to all political functions with her father because Ava is the one that has “the chip” in her arm. This world is very advanced and your chip tells the guards whom you are and allows you allocated funds for everything. One day Ava is having a bad day and asks Mira to stand in for her for a dinner. Mira thinks it is a bad idea but knows that Ava would do it in a heartbeat if the rolls were reversed. Unfortunately, this becomes their down fall when there is a mistake made and the twins are found out.

Final thoughts…

I had read many reviews on this book prior to starting it and I was amazed at some of the very low ratings. To each his own I guess? But I can tell you that I thought it was a really refreshing read and did not have many of the same tropes that we, as readers, have come to despise. Being a debut novel and the writers being young, I thought it was written fairly well. There is room for some improvement but overall…I loved it and cannot wait to read the sequel. Which I have downloaded and ready to go but am trying to hold off until closer to publication.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders|Dystopian at it’s finest!

  1. I got a little sick of Dystopian for a while there because I felt like everyone and their mother was publishing one!! There’s only so much I can take!! But, this one sounds really good. 😁 It may get my over my dystopian slump.

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