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The Surrendered Paperback – September 20, 2016
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About the Author
With over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.
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One of my favorite aspects of this novel is Vee. She's a bit hot tempered, and that temper gets her in to trouble. It's not often you find a YA novel representing a character who has anger issues, and how that rage can have severe consequences. You can gobble this book up in a day, and you won't regret it! Between the unique setting, suspenseful plot, and subtle romance, you will fall in love with The Surrrendered.
Maynard's characters are well developed, likeable, and powerful. The main character, Vee, is a strong female role without eliminating her feminine qualities like many of the strong female leads we have seen out of books lately. She still commands the scene, and brings a powerhouse personality without feeling less feminine, which I found incredibly refreshing.
The male lead is totally swoon-worthy, but not overdone. The romance elements, while an important aspect of the book do not detract from the primary plot line. Their feelings don't overshadow the world they live in, or eradicate any sense of danger. It is simply an added spice that lends subtle flavor to the book.
Overall, I will definitely be following this author so I can grab the sequel the SECOND its available! If you are looking for a fast paced, yet political YA book with amazingly strong characters, then read this book!
And that cover... I wish there was a poster for it because I would buy that in a heartbeat, its gorgeous!!!
Genre: YA Dystopian
Recommended Age: 15+ (trigger warnings: sexual abuse/rape, mature language, and violent death of children).
I received a free copy of this book because I’m a rep of Blaze Publishing. This relationship did not sway my opinion in any manner.
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource―the children.
Surrendered at age ten―after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees―Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand―a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.
Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination―or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind. – Amazon.com
The only thing I read about this movie before reading it was “dystopian” and I was IN! I love dystopian novels and as such I tend to judge them a little heavily on how plausible and realistic they could be and happen. That being said I think this dystopian novel is one of the most unique and plausible possibilities on the topic of world ending discussions. As you can see in the excerpt above, this world came about because of a financial crash which drives taxes on children to become so astronomical that parents are basically forced to give up their children to survive themselves. Another thing I thought was very realistic that I have to give praise for is the realistic treatment of the children in these labor camps. The author did not shy away from or tone down a lot of the possible outcomes these children could face and she does a great job in not making the horror too explicit. There are a ton of other reveals in the story as well that I won’t go into because of spoilers, but each twist and turn feels fresh and new in a genre that is slowly becoming overly saturated. I thought the character development was pretty good as well and the world building phenomenal. The world building is not too lecture-y and it isn’t all explained at once. I also thought the plot development was amazing and allowed for a quick read of this over 300+ page novel, and the pacing was well done as well. It wasn’t too fast or too slow, but it did manage to hold the tension throughout the book.
While I generally loved the book I did feel that some of the character development might feel like it was lacking to some readers and that some of the main characters might not be as well received. While I can see where some of the character development could be considered lacking for some, I felt that this was possibly intentional by the author so that we could have those excellent twists and turns. One of the main themes of this book is trust and this would have been completely lost in the book if the reader knew ahead of time what each character’s motives and drives were beforehand.
Verdict: This book has become one of my favorite dystopian books of all time. I absolutely loved how the author made this world and did away with some of the overdone tropes in the YA dystopian genre. I would suggest if you like dystopian novels to pick up this book. The sequel is coming out on September 12, so now would be a good time to read this book and then pick up the next!
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