Omega, they called that day. The end of the end. One enormous burst of electromagnetic radiation and everything that was even remotely electronic was fried to a crisp.
With the country in ruins, the new government declared it the Republic of the True America, imposed martial law, and separated all survivors into settlement camps. Now, 20 years later, three 16-year-olds uncover the dark truth: All this time they've been labeled Less Thans. Feared by society, they're being raised to be hunted for sport. Their only hope for survival is to escape with their friends... or risk certain death. Together they search for the fabled new territory in a heart-pounding flight to freedom, with sadistic hunters and the government's soldiers hot on their trail. Led by the unlikely Book and fearless Hope, these orphaned teens seek a better life, finding the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.
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Great new title in YA fiction
Alternating chapters between the male and female protagonist give you an incredibly well-defined sense of this futuristic dystopian world as well as opens up the story to be understood from various perspectives and sentiments.
Book's journey with his fellow LTs (a modern day Lost Boys-esque group) is filled with angst towards the unfair hand they were dealt, determination to find a better world for themselves, a goodly amount of fear and the kind of camaraderie that only exists when an unlikely group of fellows are thrown together by circumstances beyond their control.
Yes - I listened to it all in two sittings, and really only put it down because I had to get to a meeting. Definitely keeps you captivated chapter to chapter.
Fitting well into the current trend of futuristic dystopian YA novels, this book has all the teen drama of a Hunger Games or Divergent but is layered with deeper themes reminiscent of the tortures of the Holocaust and other callbacks to the darker places of humanity's history.
- Ashley Ann "Freelance theatrical designer in Chicago - listening to books while I paint has become my new favorite hobby!"
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