I was very fortunate to meet the author of this novel at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference during the YALSA YA Coffee Klatch. Once I heard the synopsis, I knew I had to read it! My intuition was correct, this is an amazing read.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I know, I know, another YA dystopian novel. But hear me out, this book is worth picking up.
The world is at peace, but always on the brink of war. Each kingdom must sacrifice their child to live as a hostage under the guard of artificial intelligence until they reach age. If a kingdom goes to war, the child of all parties involved will be killed (regardless of who is the aggressor). We follow the heroine, Greta, who has accepted her life as it is until Elián arrives and begins to question the order of things.
Bow does a fantastic job creating a new world for readers. This science fiction novel is one that readers of many genres could become captivated by. Greta is a strong lead character, not at all a damsel in distress. Greta develops beautifully as a character as her quest for knowledge and questioning expands.
There is a love triangle, but it includes two females and one male, which made perfect sense as the relationships grew. Each character has a distinct personality and you get to see their strengths and weaknesses as the novel continues on.
The ending was not what I pictured at all. It takes the reader by surprise and leaves you wanting more.
The second book to this series , The Swan Riders, will be released in 2016 and I will definitely have it preordered.