Caste: A Corporation Novel (The Corporation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed this dystopian book and the clash between Neech and Dahn!
The story is told from the main character, Karis Singh's perspective. Karis was raised in the city, Neech, and has never been outside of its borders. Neech is extremely impoverished and the citizens struggle to survive, while being constantly pushed by "The Corporation" to work harder, longer hours and increase production, just to see it go to the city of Dahn.
Dahn is filled with the upper class citizens and the two cities are separated by a huge wall. No one can cross the border without having the proper caste's tattoo on their wrist. Tattoos are administered annually at a Jatis, or coming of age ceremony by the Corporation. The tattoos not only define the class of citizen you belong to, but the job you will have, how much money you will make and who you will be "Paired" with.
A problem arises when Karis' younger brother Ajna falls deathly ill with a mysterious sickness just before his Jatis. The family petitions the Corporation for medication that could save his life, but it has been denied. Karis is then faced with risking her own life by illegally having her tattoo altered by a black market tattoo artist, who may very well give her a faulty tattoo, so she can cross the border into Dahn and try to find a cure for Ajna.
There are many more twists and turns in this captivating story, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what happens! I myself can’t wait for the second book in the series, The Outcast, to be released, to find out what happens next.
Still, at least there was more to this story than the "love" & that's where it shined mostly. The reveal of Ethan's identity was the most predictable element & seemed almost interminable as the story progressed & Karis remained clueless. I quite enjoyed the bits of Neech shown, from the factory where Karis & Journey work to the Black Market. The Masquerade in Dahn was well done & where one of the most compelling interactions in the entire story takes place, between Akin & Karis. Personally, I think the story needs more Akin Hughes. He's genuinely interesting & has a lot more worthwhile to say than is to be found in the Karis/Ethan banter.
The action picked up a bit somewhere after 70% & the momentum was good until the end, even if some things happened too easily for the characters or others were simply not even explained. The final play was good & I look forward to the next book, but I was disappointed that none of the characters even considered that would happen (I don't even know why any of them were keen to participate in the Jatis after everything that they now knew).
Overall, a good story that I'm interested enough in to continue with the series. I'm glad this was in my via Amazon Recommendations.