by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Rate: 3 Stars
The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
Knowing that you only have fifteen days left to live would make me do all the things that I’ve wanted to do, in that short amount of time. That’s not the case for sixteen-year-old Sia. She lives in a world where the leader is dead set on destroying all the sectors and everyone within them.
The setting of this book is very much dystopian, yet there is far more to this world than meets the eye, or mind in this case. Control. It’s always about control, and Sia sets out to stop the impending doom that is headed her way.
For the most part, it is an okay read. The plans that Sia set out to do were, in my opinion, a bit far fetched. How can a small rebellion take on machines, I wondered? The action in this is very good. That part I enjoyed reading through. And then we have the love interest, Mace. He’s all mysterious and that just makes Sia want him all the more. Together, they join the rebellion to stop the leaders of the new world and their machines. Sia and Mace’s romance was a bit cliche, and reminded me of so many others that I’ve read about. This was a big peeve for me. and it stopped me from really loving the book. Don’t get me wrong, the book is enjoyable. It’s just that I really am tired of the ‘girl meets boy, boy is hot and mysterious, they fall in love within days’.
With tons of action, which I love in this world that Kate has created, this is a good dystopian to add to your shelves. I, for the most part, liked it very much and would definitely recommend it to fellow young adult/ dystopian lovers.
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise.
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