In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the Earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, 17-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.
Against all odds Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family while being hunted by a deranged killing machine named Rivet, who works for the president. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of who has dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well trained for combat by her father.
At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the president and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.
When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to follow Adele mysteriously as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents' true past. In their world someone must die.
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A thoroughly entertaining read.
I have had this on my kindle since it first came out so was excited to get the chance to listen to the audio. Since Dystopian is my favourite genre, I dived right in, and boy was I so glad I did. The summary sums up the story really well so I'm going to get straight to my thoughts.
The world building was amazing. I loved how well each realm is described and we get a good description of what happened to make mankind dwell below ground. It's a unique and hazardous world but fantastic non the less.
The characters were, for me anyway, the best thing about the book. Each were really well written and developed and it was so easy to like them. My heart broke for poor Adele and what she went through. Yet despite the heartache and hardship, she was kick ass!! She has such a strong spirit and a devotion to her loved ones that it's hard not to connect to her. Her journey isn't easy but I was rooting for her the whole way.
Then we have Tristan. His father is some piece of work but Tristan is cut from a different cloth all together. He was strong, brave, ready to defend his people and quick to help others, no matter the consequences. It also helped that he was hot ;)
I really loved the fact that the book was told from both Adele and Tristans' POV. I loved seeing the same story, as such, from each of their perspectives and thought it added depth to the story.
Plot wise, it was fast paced and intense. This book is the kind of book were once you start, you wont want to put down because you need to see what happens next!! I flew through it and loved every page.
In all, this was a fantastic read and I can not wait to dive into book 2 because the way this ended was killer. I need to see where their journey takes them.
The audio of this was amazing! Both narrators were perfect and brought the story alive. I enjoyed it more I think, with both narrators. It adds that extra something to the story!! I hope these 2 narrate all the rest in the series because I will buy them straight away!
*I received a copy of this for review from AudioBookBlast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
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