What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
- Totally riveted throughout. I enjoyed that the dystopian future society felt possible, whereas other not-to-be-named YA dystopian novels are a bit far-fetched.
- Both the heroine and hero have interesting quirks and weaknesses that made the novel more enjoyable. I'm happy that no one was so badass that they were above making mistakes or emotional decisions. People have flaws.
- A few people mentioned not enjoying the actual book design. Whaaa? I was like a little kid in a candy store. (Actually, every time I think of it, I hear Ralphie's little brother from A Christmas Story going, "Oh wow! Look at that! Wooow!" The outer cover of the ARC (so I'm assuming the finished edition will be similar, though hardcover) is metallic silver and gold. To differentiate the shift in narration between June and Day, both the font and color of the text is different and one half of it is a mesmerizing gold color.
- The book has an initial print run of 350,000 (!) and the movie rights are already picked up with two writers attached to the adaptation.
1) This Aldous Huxley novel, written in 1931, features a futuristic London, a world that is limited to 2 billion people, and characters named Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne.
2) This dystopia was featured as both a cartoon on MTV and a live action movie starring Charlize Theron. (it has also been a video game and a comic book)
3) This 2009 movie by Neill Blomkamp was set in South Africa and concentrated on what relations between aliens and humans could be like. (Yikes!)
4) Is there a District 13? If you're into YA dystopian novels, you'll know it from that comment alone. This book (and soon to be movie) tells the tale of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and others bucking the system.
5) Ethan Hawke wants to be sent into space in this film. His society, however, only allows the most healthy specimens to partake in the program so he concocts a plan to fool those who would prevent him from doing so. It was nominated in 1997 for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
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