Nestled within the folds of a war-torn and ruined world, there lies a village. It has no name; it is full of secrets.
Its women survive because they seem to have found a remedy for war; its men survive because the women let them. They all survive because Fate allows it.
Kate never thought much about Fate until she decided not to believe in it anymore. Destined to become a breeder, she wakes up on her sixteenth birthday determined to defy this duty at all cost. It is a heavy price. For her open rebellion, Mona, the Village counsel leader, drags her to the Pit and forces her to confront her mate for the first time.
He is not what Kate expected.
Despite Mona’s fierce punishments for Kate’s disobedience, the tug of her heart grows stronger; it beckons her away from this life and lures her toward the truth about herself, about her village, and about the boy assigned to be her mate.
The questions bring her hope… but the answers?
They terrify her.
e-book format, self-published
I was drawn to this story because of the premise. It being a YA dystopian didn’t hurt either.
The main character was interesting and fully fleshed out. I liked her. As was the romance interest, Ian. I actually enjoyed their relationship, although he was a bit annoying with info dumps all the time.
Her friend was dense, annoying and not a good supporting character until you realize it’s her attitude and behaviors that do help push the MC toward her goals. A clever move by the author.
The pace was excellent, enhanced by plot twists and turns that make for intrigue and a need continue reading. It was a fast read, that I finished in one sitting. The concept is original and interesting.
I haven’t read the 2nd book but would consider reading a hard copy when I get the chance.
I think those who love YA books of this sub-genre, should give this one a try.
I gave this book: