I really liked this story. This is about a strong 16-year-old midwife who has thought everything she has been taught was right then realizes, maybe no..Show More »t. In her heart she feels she needs to right not only her wrongs but her communities wrongs for her family and community. While doing this she has her own personal stuggles because of an accident she endured when she was a toddler and has left her scared on one side of her face. With her insecurities and feelings of being an outcast she still finds strength to do what she feels is right and capture the eye of a forbiden interest and possible love because of her strength and beauty within. Narration was done very well. Carla Mercer-Meyer may not have distinguished her characters with the very different and distinct voice acting for each individual character i usually like, but she paced herself beautifully and distinguished each character with the feelings she put into her narration to convey what each character was going through at the time.
I really enjoyed the first two books, but found the premise of the third, as well as the ending lukewarm. It's a dystopia, so I knew it couldn't nece..Show More »ssarily end happily. Someone is likely to die, etc., but I felt that this is one of those resolutions that wasn't entirely believable. Also, I loved Gaia as a character, but she seemed increasingly whiny in the second and now this third book -- she didn't seem to really grow as a woman, even though I think we are supposed to believe she does what with her leadership role, etc. Instead I felt that she was still making stupid impulsive mistakes that could have costed her her life, or now her community's life. That's not evidence of character growth. Also, although suspension of disbelief can allow for me to believe some of the science fiction elements, there did seem to be some biological impossibilities to the ending (I can't say what, it would be a spoiler). Having personal known someone who went through a similar medical procedure, I know that the book's description of it was not informed, and seemed to lack research.