Published by Red Adept Publishing on May 13, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, YA
Format: eARC from Publisher
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Seventeen-year-old Mira works on a farm in the ruins of Texas, along with all of the other descendants of the defeated rebels. Though she’s given her heart to Tanner, their lives are not their own.
When Socrates, a powerful First, chooses Mira as his Second, she is thrust into the bewildering world of the rich and influential. Will, a servant assigned to assist her, whispers of rebellion, love, and of a darker fate than she’s ever imagined.
With time running out, Mira must decide whether to run to the boy she left behind, the boy who wants her to live, or the man who wants her dead.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a quick story that contained a number of heavy themes, like slavery and multiple lives, and the ethics of harvesting bodies. Even though it sounds serious, and some of the ideas were scary and horrifying, the story itself was quite entertaining.
Mira, and even Socrates, were easy to sympathize with for very different reasons. Mira was a slave who was chosen to be a Second. It’s not the glamourous role that she was taught growing up, but she handles the changes to her life with grace and maturity. Socrates has lived several hundred years. He is the first of the Firsts, and while the other Firsts are famous for achievements they have accomplished, he is known for being the first to survive. It’s a hard role to maintain, and I felt quite sad for his situation.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, yet serious, read. It had a semi-cliffhanger ending that was a bit predictable, but yet still satisfying. It should lead to quite a bit of commotion in the next book, which I look forward to reading.