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In a world where rebuilding the population is critical to national survival, the Pragmatist government licenses all human reproduction, and decides who can - and must - have babies. The trio face feral dog packs, swamp threats, locust swarms, bounty hunters looking for "breeders", and more dangers as they race to Amerada's capital to find Halla's soldier boyfriend before the Prags can repo her baby and force the girls into surrogacy service.
An unexpected encounter with Bulrush, an Underground Railroad for women fleeing to Outposts with their unlicensed babies, puts them in greater peril than ever. Everly must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to learn her biological identity - and deal with the unanticipated consequences of her decisions.
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By Erika on 05-28-17
One of my favorites this year
In this story Everly is a biochemist in futuristic America. She was dropped at the cube as a baby and hasn't a clue about her family. Her best friend turns up pregnant which is against the rules. In this futuristic world the cube takes and keeps the babies. They, along with Everly's friend Wick escape the cube and take off into the world.
The world building was awesome. A great combination of author imagination and reality. The setting is Jacksonvill FL to Atlanta GA. As a Jacksonville resident for 20 years I applaud the author with her realistic yet futuristic descriptions of the area. I even wonder if she's from the area.
Every page is filled with action. In this world she created the Pragmatists run the country after a horrible flu killed most the population. The worst problem now are horrible locusts who travel in huge hoards and gobble all the vegetation. That's why the dome was created. As a biochemist Everly is developing a virus to destroy the locusts until she gets side-tracked and escapes tge cube finding so much more about the world than she knew. It's worse than she thought and danger lurks everywhere.
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By D. Backshall on 04-18-18
Lacked the grit it needed for real impact
Yeah, I'm definitely in the minority when it comes to this novel. This was such a disappointing read. The writing lacked a certain richness, I never came to really know or care about any of the characters, and the world building was just average.
As well, this had a much stronger YA feel than many YA dystopian fiction books I've encountered in the past few years. It felt more...what's the word? Wholesome? It pulled too many punches when it was time to get raw and real.
Additionally, there was an aggressive amount of Christianity peppered in, in the way of prayer, Bible scripture quotations, and identification of Bibles (the books) everywhere. It was distracting, and added nothing valuable to the story. If this future society had somehow been denied religious freedom, I could see a resurgence of an organized religion being a part of the whole "underground rebellion" theme, but there was no indication of it being anything other than the author's decision to push Christianity on her readers.
As for the narrator, it felt odd to have an adult reading a 16 year old's voice, but I almost got used to it after a while. She made some weird pronunciations -- tunnick for tunic, low-kai for loci -- but overall she was adequate, though much better suited for a novel from a middle-aged adult woman's POV.