Book Review and Giveaway Everything Under The Sun

Title: Everything Under The Sun
Author: Jessica Redmerski
Genre: YA/NA Crossover; Dystopian
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?

This is my first time reading a book by Jessica Redmerski, but I seroiusly doubt it’ll be my last. This book was just downright amazing. The world building was spectacular, the characters were intriguing, the pacing was perfect, and the story was sublime. Seriously, I’m struggling to find words to express how good this was.

First off, the book is extremely long (600+ pages) but it doesn’t feel that way. Instead, I wouldn’t have minded if the book was longer. And don’t let the cover (which looks all innocent and sweet) dupe you, because the story is anything but innocent and sweet.

Years ago, civilization ended. The end of the world, in the form of a virus. Thais has lived with her family and other survivors deep in the Appalachian Mountains, but then raiders attack their village, and Thais’ world, once again, falls apart. She meets Atticus, a man who is conflicted about the choices he was forced to make, and who, against all odds, risks his rank and life to help her. Together, they go on a dangerous journey that could cost them their lives… Or that will give them the one thing they most crave for: freedom.

Thais started off a little weak, struggling with life after the near end of the world, but oh boy, did she grow and change and evolve throughout this book! Atticus is so flawed yet so strong, and Thais brought out the best in him, and he brought out the best in her. It’s rare to come across a match this great, but you can find it here.

So, to anyone who reads and enjoys dystopian books, and even those who don’t but who like a solid romance story… I wholeheartedly recommnd Everything Under The Sun. Give it a shot, and don’t be afraid of the high page count, it’s more than worth it.

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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

16069030Title: The Winner’s Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 1,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love…
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I don’t get the hype about The Winner’s Curse. Seriously, I don’t. I wish I could find one thing, just one thing, that intrigued me about this book, or that I thought was even remotely interesting, but I couldn’t. The writing is bland, the world building is bland, the characters are bland, and I kept on hoping for something, anything, to happen that would make me care about Kestrel, about Arin, and about all the secondary characters. It didn’t.

Let me start with the plot. Kestrel, daughter of a general, sucks at fighting but is apparently a strategic genius. I say “apparently” because although it’s mentioned a few times, she portrays no such skills for the duration of the book. Instead, as soon as Arin pops into the picture, she turns into a mumbling teen who can’t make one comprehensive thought. So Kestrel goes to the market and buys a slave, Arin. Buying a slave is a big deal for her, since she’s never done it before and she paid way more for Arin than she should have, and now there’s gossip and what not, bla bla, boring. Anyway, she takes Arin home, makes him the blacksmith for her father’s household, and then hides in her room for a number of weeks because reasons.

The rest of the book focuses on the blossoming relationship between Kestrel and Arin which is laughable at best and I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out at worst. There is no relationship. They barely talk, and if they do, Arin is rude, bosses her around (yeah, Arin the slave, bosses his mistress around, and it’s allowed because…reasons), and is an all-around jerk. He’s also, spoiler alert, plotting the demise of the Valorian Empire (which is basically Rome, and Aarin and his fellow slaves could be considered the Greeks).

Anyway, Kestrel’s whole personality shrinks and eventually vanishes the more time she spends around Arin. I liked her for the first chapter, and then hated her for the rest of the book. Arin…well, him I hated from the start.

So Arin doesn’t like to be a slave. Of course not! Who would? But despite him not liking it, I do expect him to behave like a slave most of the time – after all, what would the punishment be for disobedience? Death, maybe? Or at least a whipping? Here, the punishment is nothing. Arin says what he wants when he wants it, he’s downright rude, arrogant, and probably the worst spy in history. Based on his behavior, I’d know he was a spy in all but two seconds. There’s also no reason why he falls for Kestrel because he treats her like crap 100% of the time.

It’s all so unrealistic. If you want to feature slavery, at least make it realistic. If you want a romance between a slave and his mistress, at least make the characters behave in these roles! Here, it seems like Kestrel is the slave and Arin the master. It’s so weird and annoying.

Also, the world building. There isn’t really any world building – it’s basically just Rome vs. Greece, now put into a dystopian future (or past? you can’t really say). There’s barley any mention of the world itself. Not much originality there.

The writing was bland, the relationship unbelievable, the characters annoying, childish and acted out of character most of the time, and really, I don’t understand the hype at all. Obviously the book appealed to most people, so I guess I’m the exception, but I can’t recommend this book to anyone.

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

22328546Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

It’s been eons since I read a book as amazing as Red Queen. And I do mean eons.

This book has it all. Dystopian mixed with fantasy, Mare Barrow is an average seventeen-year-old Red girl. She steals for a living, something her family frowns upon, and because of that, she struggles with her selfworth. She doesn’t think she’s worth as much as her sister, a miracle with thread and neelde, or her brothers who have all gone off to fight in the war.

Reds aren’t worth much in this world. The Silvers are the rulers. They have special powers that can be somewhat compared to the X-men. They are cold, deadly, powerful, and look down on the Reds, who they only deem valuable because they can work and die in wars.

Mare gets thrown into the world of Silvers, but as soon as she steps inside this world, everything goes wrong. What starts is a game of hide and seek, of ambitions, of rebellion, of politics, of just and unjust, and of loyalty. In the Silver court, who can Mare trust?

This book has it all – I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it. The writing is lush and lyrical. Mare is a strong heroine yet very flawed – she’s judgemental, naive, and very much like a teenage girl, but she also has amazing resilience and inner strength. I don’t want to give away too much about the love interests, but they too have an unique personality, and are easy to like, although one keeps on wondering whether or not Mare should trust anyone as not one but two princes steal her heart.

The world building was the most amazing feature of the book. I loved it. It’s so unique, and I can’t wait to explore it further in the next installments.

I wholeheartedly recommend this one. READ IT.

Book Review: Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan

20454076Title: Day 21 (The Hundred #2)

Author: Kass Morgan

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 2,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

If you’ve read my review of The 100, then you know by now that while the TV show is pretty much one of the most amazing things ever, the first book was a major dissapointment. The second book, Day 21, while slightly better, still didn’t offer much.

So many things are left unexplained. Nothing much happens, except drama. We get a possible conflict with the Earthborn, but that’s easily resolved. Then it looks like we have a pandemic on our hands, but again, it’s solved in a matter of seconds. Whatever suspense the book may offer dissapears rather quickly, and the spotlight goes, once again, to all the drama between the characters.

There’s Bellamy and Clarke, and their growing romance. But then Bellamy finds out Clarke killed his ex-girlfriend, and of course he gets upset. Don’t worry though, he forgives her just about a chapter later. Well, Clarke didn’t really kill her, more like helped her die, but still, her parents experienced on the poor girl, and Clarke let them, so shouldn’t Bellamy be at least more upset?

Wells is even more ridiculous. He’s supposedly still head over heels with Clarke, but that doesn’t stop him from hooking up with others. And he has a hero complex, while not being a hero at all. Glass is a bitch, only worrying about Luke, and not caring much about anyone else, including herself.

The writing was ‘blah’, and the characters didn’t shine. The book is boring, without a lot of suspense, but at least it did an effort to be better than the first book.

Book Review: The Lair (The Farm #2) by Emily McKay

16250637Title: The Lair (The Farm #2)

Author: Emily McKay

Genre: Young Adult, Vampires, Dystopian, Paranormal, Horror

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

After reviewing The Farm, I thought it was time to dive into the sequel, The Lair. My one main issue with the first book in the series was Carter, the main love interest. I was hoping there’d be less chapters in the sequel told from Carter’s POV, and that the book would focus more on Lily and Mel, the two protagonists I did like. Unfortunately, Carter plays an even larger part here.

I want to know how this series ends, because seriously, the plot is engaging, the characters – minus Carter – are enjoyable, and this book ends on a cliffhanger, and I want to know what happens next. But Carter makes it really hard for me. In the first book, I could forgive some of his flaws. But here…he turns from a slightly-controlling person into a self-righteous, controlling alpha male (or at least, he acts like an alpha) who tries to control Lily’s every move. When Lily gets hurt, he starts acting like a raving maniac. I understand freaking out because someone you love is in danger, I do, but he’s just over the top. Lily would be so much better off without him. If he acts this controlling so soon in their relationship, that only predicts trouble for the future.

Also, I’m not sure what it is with YA literature, and with controlling, sometimes even abusive boyfriends. There’s nothing even remotely fun about having a person around who controls your every move. So why do these heroines seem to find that endaring?

I found Lily and Carter’s story rather boring here. We find out a bit more about the Ticks, about who is behind all this, and life in camp. Those are the interesting tidbits. There’s a few tick attacks, some action moments, but all in all, the book falls for the same trap a thousand other books have fallen into before: the love trap. Suddenly the Lily/Carter romance is more important than how the world has gone to hell, and than surviving in a world full of Ticks. Right.

Mel and Sebastian now, I found their story a lot more intriguing. I was afraid Mel would become a dull, run-down-the-mill character now she lost her autism thanks to changing into a vampire, but luckily that wasn’t the case. Vampires here are pretty terrifying, and that’s just about the best part about them. Sebastian was still awesome because I had trouble figuring out his endgame, which made him about ten times as intriguing as the rest of the characters.

I’m going to read the third book for completion’s sake, and because I want to read more about Mel, Sebastian, and maybe even Lily. Carter is a douche, and I wouldn’t mind if he got killed off in a random Tick attack.

Writing was okay, as usual, but there’s a lot of switching between first and third person POV, and present and past tense. Overall, the book didn’t flow that well.

Book Review: The Farm (The Farm #1) by Emily McKay

13542868Title: The Farm (The Farm #1)

Author: Emily McKay

Genre: Vampires, Dystopian, Young Adult, Paranormal

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…

I wanted to enjoy The Farm more than I actually did. I picked up the book after heading home from university, and I craved a good read. The Farm was all right, but mostly it was meh. Surprisingly, considering the book had the super-awesome premise of two girls escaping a farm where people are kept for their blood, which is being fed to vampire mutants.

Lily and Mel, our two main characters, live in a world overrun by mutant vampires called Ticks. They’re stuck inside a blood farm, along with several other kids their age, because their blood is most appealing to the Ticks. However, they need to escape fast, because they’re reaching the age of maturity – and no one knows what happens to people who do. They just vanish. Lily doesn’t want that to happen, so she and her mentally handicapped sister Mel, need to escape. Except that’s not as easy as it sounds. Even letting Mel in on the escape plan is a hassle.

The best part about this book, no doubt, was the relationship between Mel and Lily. They have an unique connection. Lily is often frustrated with Mel, who has all kinds of quirks, but she loves her sister despite all that, and Mel loves Lily too, although she doesn’t always understand why Lily does the things she does. I enjoyed the chapters from Mel’s POV the most. The author obviously did her research, and she told Mel’s side of the story in a clever, interesting way.

What was not that convincing though, was the male love interest. Carter. He’s apparently all that, and then some, and Lily has fallen for him ever since she first met him – and apparently the insta-love is mutual. But Carter, if anything, is just ‘meh’. He’s not interesting. He’s not alluring. And he hides way too many secrets. Why Lily trusted him even after he admitted to keeping secrets from her, is beyond me. Also, the chapters from Carter’s POV bordered on being boring. His POV seemed repetitive, and not necessary at all – he didn’t offer anything new to the table.

I would’ve preferred if the story had focused on Lily’s and Mel’s POV only. I disliked Carter, and I found him a liar, who kept things for Lily ‘to protect her’, which never works, and the book owuld’ve worked better without him. Sebastian was all right though, at least he had a reason for being a pretentious jerk (which I won’t explain, because it would be a spoiler).

All in all, not as enjoyable as I hoped, but an okay read nevertheless.

Book Review: Reckoning (Silver Blackthorn #1)

18490660Title: Reckoning (Silver Blackthorn #1)

Author: Kerry Wilkinson

Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One girl. One chance. One destiny.

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . . The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl’s determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.

In Reckoning, Silver Blackthorn, our main character, lives in Martindale, a small village hundreds of miles north of Windows, the new English capital. At age sixteen, Silver takes the Reckoning, a coming-of-age test to decide her place in society. In these uncertain times, no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor castle. As soon as Silver sets foot inside, she becomes trapped in a world of suspicion and fear, unable to choose who to trust, or who to fear.

Silver, like most girls in dystopian literature, is a free spirit. She doesn’t think the way the rest of society does, and she’s not too fond of how society decides things for her. Her best friend is named Colt – I love that name – and she constantly pushes the line of what she can and can’t do. When she gets sent inside Windsor castle along with the other Offerings, she learns the real mening of freedom and choice. She goes through a lot of character development throughout the book, and I loved reading her journey.

Reckoning was a decent read, but it felt like a mix of Divergent and The Selection. It didn’t have a lot of originality. I didn’t mind that much that the setting didn’t sound original, but I had hoped the plot would offer more originality. The writing was simplistic, and there’s no lyrical prose to speak of. The book has potential though, and it’s definitely a fun read, and a good start to a series I hope offers more originality in its sequel.

Book Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

12753231Title: Monument 14

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

I liked the idea behind Monument 14. Six high schools, two eighth graders and six little kids are trapped inside a chain superstore, while outside the world tumbles from one disaster into another. From a deadly chemical cloud surrounding their city to all-out chemical warfare, the world seems on the verge of an apocalypse. The kids build a refuge for themselves inside the chain story, struggling to survive.

The action is relentless in this YA thriller. From start to end, we tumble from one action into another, and the suspense never drops. The book is claustrophobic, as the kids are stuck inside the store, and you feel how the walls close in on them. However, at the same time, the book lacks a certain depth it could’ve had, had the action slowed down, even for just a moment. This emotional distance makes it hard to connect with the characters, and even the main character sometimes acts in incromprehensible ways.

There were also a lot of characters to keep track of, and I felt like the novel would’ve worked better had there been less characters. It would feel even more claustrophobic, and if we had more time to focus on a limited number of characters, the reader might feel more emotionally involved with them.

All in all, an enjoyable read. If you like apocalypse / survival stories, then you should give Monument 14 a shot.

Book Review: Harm by Kayti Nika Raet


Author: Kayti Nika Raet

Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Smashwords

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After a harrowing escape from Amaryllis City, Niko is forced to lay low. The people who want to use her unique genetics for their own ends are still out there and their reach is long.
After an emotional split with Ben and hiding deep in the slums she soon meets Songhay, a charismatic thief and his younger sister Roosevelt. Together they dodge violent gangs, roaming Slithers and the ever present threat of acid rain. Growing closer Niko along with Songhay soon form a rag-tag band of Slither hunters to keep the slums safe and the monsters at bay.
But then she discovers shocking information about her past that challenges everything she thought to be true about herself and those she loves.
Now she has to decide if she’d going to stay safe in hiding or stand up to the lies and injustice swarming around her.
She was never one to lie low for long.
Lies and truth collide in the second book of the Outsider Chronicles.

Niko, her brother Jared, and Ben, escpae from Amaryllis City to find refuge in the Black City. But as it’s obvious together the three of them won’t get in, Ben stays behind, Outside. While Niko pleads with him, it’s no use, and she ends up going inside on her own. No sooner does she get inside, or she’s attacked. A young thief named Songhay comes to her rescue, and his fighting skills impress her enough to tag after him. He introcues her to his sister, Roosevelt.

Niko and Songhay grow closer to each other, forming a band of Slither hunters and trying to free the slums from their continuous presence. But when Niko thinks life is finally settling down, an unexpected secret from her past comes back to haunt.

I loved Songhay. He’s fun, charismatic, confident, and even a little bit goofy, which is quite a feat considering the dire circumstances they find themselves in. I also liked Roosevelt. She has a lot of guts, courage, and she’s also quite intelligent. It was great how she and Songhay started calling Niko “Harm” almost right away, as if they’d known her for years. They also treated her like family.

There’s definitely a lot of dystopian stuff going on, but there’s also a hand of fantasy and mystery that made it even more intriguing for me. The Slithers were cool monsters to battle too.

Harm came as a pleasant surprise. The writing is pretty good as well. Definitely looking forward to the next part in the series.



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Book Review: Liberty’s Torch (Dystopia #3) by Janet McNulty

front coverTitle: Liberty’s Torch (Dystopia #3)
Author: Janet McNulty
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

All it takes is one spark to ignite the flame of liberty.

Six months have passed since Dana and Kenny parted. Forced to live as a wanderer, Dana discovers a crashed drone and learns of the chaos within Dystopia and what President Klens has planned for the resistance. Realizing that she must go back, Dana acquires the help of a seventy-year-old man and an old friend. Upon her return, she finds that rebellion is in the air as the government continues to eliminate dissenters.

Forced to disguise herself, Dana searches for the resistance to tell them of President Klens’ plans. After a few run-ins with the officers and narrow escapes from Colonel Fernau—his obsession with her growing each day—she learns that the people of Dystopia yearn to be free from their oppression. What they need is a leader. Knowing that everyone she cares for will never be safe so long as the government reigns supreme, Dana must decide how far she is willing to go achieve freedom.

Liberty’s Torch is the third book in a series, but I didn’t have too much trouble jumping right in. The plot is quite similar to other dystopian novels, but then again, the series is called “Dystopia”, so that’s probably the idea behind all of it. One of the most prominent settings in the book is actually called Dystopia.

Dana is an intriguing, interesting and most of all, relatable, character. She’s not afraid to fight for what she wants, and she’s very brave. What I liked about her the most was her yearning for freedom. It was inspiring, and how much she was willing to sacrifice to gain that freedom was inspiring as well.

I couldn’t connect with all characters in the same way though. Some of the secondary characters were just there, and didn’t have any personality traits that made them stand out from the others.

The writing was great. It wasn’t overly descriptive, but rather suiting for a YA novel.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I may go back and read the first two at some point, but this one is rather satisfactory even when read on its own.