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- Print Length: 435 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993828868
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Great Western Publishing; 1 edition (June 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YSW66P4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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There are plots within plots, subterfuge and battles, treachery and loyalty; all leading to an exciting story line that makes you want to read the next book in the series. Setting the back-story and revealing the character relationships seemed to take a little bit, but I appreciated those details and quickly became involved in the story-line. I received the book free but voluntarily reviewed it.
Dante is determined to protect the Farmers, and especially the beautiful Bethlehem, but Abram’s suspicious disappearance leaves her on her own with no one she feels she can trust. The wars caused society to turn towards genetically creating more boys than girls, because boys were useful for battle. Girls, then, became a liability because they had to be protected, and the genetic tampering left them prone to diseases. Clones were developed for men who couldn’t get a real girl. It isn't clear if the setting is another world or a future Earth, but either way, many things are familiar, such as drinking tea and driving scooters, and many things are different, such as lasers being weapons. A virus is spreading, that both Dante and Beth are exposed to, and because women are so sought after, violence and smuggling of women is going on at the highest levels.
Some of the language about the sexual tension between Dante and Beth is descriptive and hot, and the attraction progresses quickly, but it is part of the story and the mission that Dante’s on. And, Beth is already betrothed to another man in an agreement her father made before his death. This gives rise to many questions that the book must answer: What will happen to the farm and talc mine? Will Beth’s father’s real will be honored? Can Dante and Beth be together? What does the future hold for them? Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to part two! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is an interesting thought about how to the world might turn out if things were slightly different. There were several moments while I was reading it that I thought that our world could easily turn into the world in this book. I also couldn’t decide if I thought this was another take on the dystopian genre. I felt sorry for the characters because they were living a life that was often out of their control, as is often the case in worlds such as this.
However, I think Slyvie Grayson does a wonderful job describing the characters, setting, and establishing a well-developed plot. While this book did not become an instant favorite, I was impressed by the world that Grayson was able to create. The descriptions were so real that I could easily see myself standing outside the Farmers’ home and on their land. I could easily picture the characters of Dante and Bethlehem. I also found the names that Grayson picked for her characters to be an additional insight into who they were and I was even able to speculate more about them based upon their names. The world that Grayson establishes could very well be our world in the future, depending on the decision that our leaders make today. Similar to many other novels, this could be our future.
I would recommend this book to anyone who can look beyond the surface and wants to find themselves invested in the characters.