Author: Danielle Ellison
Published: October 21st 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopia
Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn’t chosen for her.
Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.
Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.
Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.
All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.
I gave this book a rating of: ★★★★
I knew the moment I read about this book that I had to have it in my hands. Many of you know how much I love dystopia, and this did not let me down! I was so excited to dive back into a young adult this genre and novel in particular, and to explore new characters and read their stories.
Let me tell you – this book kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. I was immediately drawn in and did not want to put this book down! The details were amazing, helping me to really visualize everything that was going on and it only drew me into the story further.
I loved how it was written – you’ll see the “deadline” chapters and the “before” chapters so you are getting two stories and they are slowly leading you to find out what happened. Neely is absolutely amazing – she is strong, and although she doesn’t want to do what she may face – she knows that in order to keep herself and loved ones safe, she will have to do just that. I think we can all relate in some way that we’ve experienced a time where we have to do something we don’t want to do, but know it must be done.
Neely is just… I can’t even put it into words how much I loved her character. She is so incredibly strong despite everything going on around her, everything she has to face and how brave she is. She is stubborn and will do whatever it takes to protect and care for her loved ones.
The romance in this book is written well and we can see how Neely is torn – something familiar, yet she is on the verge of discovering something new and wants to explore that aspect. It’s believable and something many readers may be able to relate to! I loved how Neely had very different and strong relationships with both Thorne and Xenith – something we all have with those in our lives. We each have different relationships with the different people we care about and I love how this was written into the story.
I cannot wait to read more of this series and jump back into the story! I know I’ll be on the edge of my seat, dreading the moment I have to put it down because the story is so engaging. If you want a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat, a brave and amazing main character – this is for you! I can’t wait for you to read it!
Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It’s probably the reason she can’t divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It’s also probably the reason she’s had so many different zip codes and jobs.
When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.
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