As I begin writing my next series, the dystopian trilogy called Remnant for Zondervan (first one publishes fall 2013), I’m immersing myself in dystopian reads this summer to make sure mine is unique! I’m calling my books “Hunger Games with hope.” But I’m delighted to be reading others that I can recommend to you in the meantime. I don’t review books I wouldn’t recommend to a friend. Personal policy!

The goodreads.com Summary:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

My Two Cents

I loved that the author was inspired to write this after watching Les Miserables. She wanted to write a dystopian version of that unique detective/fugitive relationship. One of the most inspiring things about this book is how she portrays mortal enemies, gradually coming to understand each other with respect and even admiration, eventually accepting that they are far more alike than they are different. It has a strong message about the importance of family and where and when we should be ultimately loyal to superiors.

I can’t wait for my girls to read it so we can discuss it. I also can’t wait for book 2!

Mama Bear Warnings

This is a pretty clean read, other than battle violence, and a couple of minor swearwords like “crap.”

Read this book? What’d you think?