I received a free copy of this book thanks to the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
This book started out with a bang, but then it leveled out for a while and spent a lot of time on back story so it took me a minute to get into it. But I’m glad I stuck with it because this story ended up being well written and action packed.
This is the same storyline that a lot of Dystopian novels use. The formula was nothing new, but it was executed very well. The story is told from two separate points of view. Vale is the son of two high-ranking members of a corrupt government, and Remy is a member of the resistance that is determined to bring the government down and free the citizens from being brain washed and controlled. Remy and Vale have a romantic past, and there is even a love triangle.
Chances are you’ve read a book with a similar storyline before, but I doubt you’ve experienced it this way. I have no problem with reading the same type of plot when it’s a plot that I enjoy. Nothing these days is truly original, and even if someone manages to tell a story that hasn’t been told, that’s no guarantee that it will entertain me. As long as the author gives me a fresh take on a classic storyline, I’m happy.
There was a realism to this novel that I enjoyed. The characters had heroic moments, but they also screwed up. Both Vale and Remy were in horribly difficult situations, and they were just doing the best that they could. Vale trusted his parents, and Remy trusted what she knew to be true. Even though he was on the wrong side, I still liked Vale because he had no idea how corrupt things were. I actually wanted Remy to go easier on him sometimes because although she knew that he was working for the bad guys, he didn’t.
I really liked the fact that both of the main characters were flawed. They didn’t just make small insignificant mistakes, they mage huge life and death mistakes. But doing these things, that didn’t make them any less heroic. I have no idea what I would do if I was in their shoes, but I doubt I would handle it any better. They don’t make selfish and thoughtless choices, they just are not perfect, and therefore make the wrong decision sometimes. Based on the information that they have, it seems like the right thing to do at they time, and I give them credit for their good intentions. That was very well done.
I absolutely hate love triangles, and had I know that there was one in this series, I probably would not have started it, but that would have been a mistake. You will probably never read this in another one of my reviews, but I actually enjoyed the love triangle in this book. I have NEVER enjoyed a love triangle before so that let’s you know how good this one must have been. Remy didn’t spend a lot of time with Vale, and she waffles back and forth between missing him and hating him when she thinks about him, but because half of the story is told from his point of view, I know that Vale is a very good man who cares deeply for her. She doesn’t know this, but I do so I like him, and I would like it if they got together. I want him to have the girl who he thinks so lovingly about.
The third member of this triangle is Soren, and he is also a member of the resistance so he and Remy spend plenty of time together. They have the type of relationship where they are constantly making sarcastic remarks about one another or bickering, but when the going gets tough, they protect each other no matter what. I was surprised by the depth of their feelings for one another. This is not one of those times where he is just a place holder for the man she really wants. Remy trust Soren completely and is very attracted to him. It was cute how much she enjoyed their sarcastic banter and drooled over how handsome he was in secret.
I enjoyed this triangle because I can’t lose no matter who she picks. I’d be happy with either one right now. Vale has a long way to go before he regains Remy’s trust, but because I experience things through his point of view, I know exactly how wonderful he is and how much he cares for her. On the other hand, because she spent so much time with Soren in this book, I know how great they are together. I’ll be happy no matter what!
Sometimes it was difficult for me to follow the scientific aspects of the plot, but I understood the most important stuff. The idea to use natural food versus the synthetic kind that is supposedly “better” was original. If you think about it, the easiest was to control someone would be by deciding what they are allowed to eat. You could turn people into whoever or whatever you wanted just by feeding them certain chemicals in their food. This idea is played with throughout the story. There was plenty of action, but it wasn’t the “edge of your seat” type. It was more tactical. Remy Soren and Vale suffered through a lot in their quests for answers.
There are so many ways that this story could progress. I have no clue who Remy will end up with or who she will end up being, and even though I know who he wants to be with, the person who Vale will become is just as much of a mystery. Bring on the next installment!
because of language and violence, I would recommend this book for ages 16 and up. Seriously people, if you are offended by the “F” word, do not read this book! Soren has a potty mouth. Lol