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.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
©2011 Marie Lu (P)2011 Penguin Audio
With both primary protagonists being 15 years old, I expected skating along the lines of a cutesy love story and fears that is alp the book would be.
Luckily, the book painted a vivid picture of a Post-United States land of America. Although the discourse and swift emotional shifts were disconcerting, I had to remember these were teenagers and even through their many struggles; their emotional needs would undoubtedly allow them to shift from love to hate back to love with blinding quickness.
I was left unsatisfied by the lack of drama and suspense. It seemed that every character accepted every truth as though God himself gave it to them. As the writer develops, I undoubtedly expect her to dig deeper into the darkness and lack of trust all people have, especially in America.
Although not worth full asking price in my opinion, the sale price of this book was a perfect reason to jump on it and pending the sale of the following books within the series, I'll happily pick them up to listen as the characters hopefully mature with the writer.
I liked that there were 2 narrators for the 2 separate first person characters, but neither of them had much range. Their performances were flat with little emotion which made it more difficult to empathize with the characters. The story was nice but I was surprised when it was done. I guess it left off in an awkward part to leave room for book two. If I were listening to this before the second book was available I would be highly annoyed. But it wad good enough that I will listen to the second book.
It was a pretty decent story with a strong male protagonist. This is rare in the YA world and I enjoyed the story. The audio book narration is great, it really allows you to escape into the book!
The main characters are too perfect, the plot points are too obvious, the romance isn't believable, and the moment-to-moment text is ham-handed. There is no real drama until the second half of the book. I won't be reading the sequel.
No. I was looking for another series and tried this. It was so predictable. I should have stopped at two but had time invested so went for three. Big mistake. Do not start this series. Try "The Martian". Great listen.
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