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The Jewel (Lone City Trilogy) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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“With its taut, provocative plot and irresistible characters, THE JEWEL had me tearing through pages right up to the final, startling twist. I need the next book now!” (Andrea Cremer, international bestselling author of The Nightshade Series)
“Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’ The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless with anticipation for the sequel.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Ewing writes a fast-paced story that takes readers into the inner workings of a society that is obsessed with power and perfection.” (School Library Journal)
“Excellent world building… skillful descriptions.” (Booklist (starred review))
From the Back Cover
The Jewel means wealth.
The Jewel means beauty.
The Jewel means royalty.
But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude.
Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained to work for the royalty. But after she is bought at the Auction, she quickly learns the brutal and violent truths that lie beneath the Jewel's glittering facade.
Violet must try to stay alive, and when an unlikely friendship offers her an opportunity, she clings to the hope of a better life—until a forbidden romance changes everything. Suddenly, Violet finds herself in a different kind of danger, one that may cost her more than she bargained for.
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The only thing I actually didn’t like was the romance which is always the part I really look forward to. Unfortunately in this case, it really threw me and it kinda cheapened the feel of the story for me. It felt more like instalove which I’m just personally not a fan of and just felt a little cliche since I didn’t feel the chemistry or any build up. I love romance in a story and this is the first book I can say I would have liked the book better without it. I saw the ending coming from a mile away but the last page actually had a twist that I didn’t see coming which I really liked.
Then they go to the auction block where Violet is purchased by the Duchess of the Lake. I don't want to give too much of the book away, but it was a nice read. I liked the world building and the characters were well developed and had personalities all their own. It is a dystopian story with a touch of magic.
Violet is a surrogate. All girls are tested and surrogates are taken to holding facilities where they are given an education and training. Upon graduation, these girls from the lowest class of society are sent to the royal city, the Jewel. They are auctioned to the women of the aristocracy, who can no longer bear children. There are terrible truths about the Jewel that Violet learns, including the loss of choice. The girls no longer have a name other than surrogate. As Violet navigates through her new life she meets Ash. He has forfeited his freedom to support a sister and is entangled in Jewels society.
This genre has many books, but I think Amy Ewing is a outstanding author. I look forward to her next book. Readers who enjoyed The Selection will enjoy this story
However, while The Jewel may share pieces with other stories, they are put together uniquely, much like the same fabrics can be combined differently to create multiple unique quilts.
I hope that we see more world building outside of the circles of the city on the island, with the Jewel in the center, in future installments. I would ideally like to see the basic story wrapped up in 3-5 books, but then see more stories take place in the same world.
All in all, this is a very strong start. I rate harshly.
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Okay, so this is a hard review to write. The core of this story is fascinating. It's like one part Handmaiden's Tale, one part Hunger Games, one part something...Read more