Published by Silence In The Library on Apr 22, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, GLBT, Romance, YA
Format: eARC from Publisher
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It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond their borders.
As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.
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 book is awesome! There, review done. Not enough? Okay…
This is the most subtle and mind provoking story I’ve ever read about gender. Aloy is a girl who has been raised as a boy since she was four. As soon as she turns 18, she is expected to marry a woman and become the country’s sole leader. As a result, her concept of self and her gender is a bit conflicted. Aloy’s fight to be the best leader she can be is the main focus of the plot, but her actual story is the highlight. Aloy’s battle between being the man she’s been raised to be, and being the girl that she is in her heart is both heartbreaking and mind blowing.
Aloy gets to experience both the good and bad of both genders, and it’s quite amazing how alike the struggles are, and how utterly gender-neutral most thoughts and feelings are. I really felt for Aloy and her struggles.
The world building in this story is very detailed, and very realistic. It is super easy to imagine how the historical events in the book that led to the dystopian setting came to be. It would be so easy for our current world to be become the world in the book. This realism is very scary.
This book is not one to be missed. It’s extremely thought provoking. Marketed as a YA book, this clean story will appeal to both teens and adults. It is an absolutely amazing story that takes place in a very believable future. I’d highly recommend everyone should read this, and I can’t wait for the next book to be available.
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