What I’d pay: $12
To sum it up: In an alternate future where magic exists, a young woman runs away from the walled city she lives in and must survive in the wilderness filled with cannibals and various monsters.
This book had a crazy twist that I did NOT see coming. I love when that happens because most of the time I guess the twist.
The setting is an alternate world following a massive magic war that basically wiped out civilization. The main character believes she is living in the last bit of civilization, a walled city whose machines run off of the magic harvested from children. The world-building isn’t great until she manages to escape into the wilderness outside the walled city, and then beings to discover clues as to the history that led them to this point. The author did a great job at creating the atmosphere in the wilderness; it was truly lonely, mysterious, and threatening. It was a bit frustrating at first when the main character was helpless in the wilderness, but to be fair, she was a protected city girl so it makes sense that she would be clueless. She clearly learns and grows throughout the book and by the end is much braver and self-sufficient. There were a few twists in this book, and one that I did not see coming, which is always a great surprise. The premise of this book is very similar to Under the Never Sky, which also features a heroine escaped from a protective walled city into a wilderness with various dangers, and I love that series. But, that said, this book is still very enjoyable on its own and it was different enough that it held my interest.
Bottomline: This book has a great combination of dystopian future and fantasy elements, and if you’re a fan of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, you will definitely enjoy this one. I like that the main character grows into a strong female character even though she doesn’t start out as one. This is the first in a series and I have high hopes for the rest of the series. Got the ebook from the LA library after a long wait, but it was worth it.