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I received an e-copy of this book via Girls Heart Books in exchange for my honest review and blog tour participation. Well what can I say about the two different covers for this book. The one pictured to the left with the city pictured on it is the e-book cover, and the one pictured on the right is the paperback cover. I do like them both. I suppose the e-book cover is perhaps more dystopian-esque having the remains of a town on it with the smoke from the devastation still rising into the air. the paperback cover has a female on the front cover. I'd say the female is the main character in the book Olivia Parker, she is standing alone with what looks like devastation all around. I think the e-book cover will appeal to those bigger dystopian fans where as the paperback cover may attract those who perhaps aren't such big dystopian fans or maybe wanting to try something new and different.
I have to say I would pick up either of these covers to learn more about the book. I do truly like both covers.
The book really starts with a marriage ceremony, there's five boys and five girls standing on a stage waiting to be told who the government has paired them up with. The girls all wear white dresses, its the only time they will ever wear white in their lives for their marriage ceremony. They know who the boys are as they have been at school and all come from the same neighbourhood, but they haven't been dating or anything. Olivia stands fourth in line watching three other pairings made hoping she doesn't get paired with the disgustingly smelly Levi. If she does get paired with him she'll just have to make the best of it, as what the government says and decrees is law. Olivia lets out a breath of relief when her match is called as Joshua. They have been childhood friends so at least they know each other a little. they go to their house, given them by the government, with its government issued furniture and food. Everyone has the same, no one is allowed to be different. Relationships are different in Cabal, as you do not have "personal relations" there is a lottery called "the day Of the Chosen" if you are "lucky2 and your number comes up you are allowed to have a child. You are taken away to the clinic to be inseminated. no one has children naturally anymore . . . . . or do they? Olivia's mum say's she needs to speak with Olivia and Joshua after their marriage ceremony, it is something of utmost importance . . . but that secret meeting doesn't happen, first Olivia is arrested, then her mother. Why? Well Hmmm I'll say Olivia is "different" in such a way it makes her a rather valuable commodity.
There's lots going on there's a secret journal written by Olivia's father. There's the fact that Olivia and how she is "different" has become somewhat of a myth to those in other settlements. There's action, drama, conspiracy, mystery, intrigue and a little bit of romance too. I think there's a bit of something for everyone in this book. I'd definitely put it high on my favourite dystopian book list.
Olivia and Joshua escape but seem to go to one situation where they will be used to another. I don't want to say much more to you as you really do need to read this book. I'd say most people will enjoy it. I don't think you need to be a big dystopian fan like me to love this book.
So did I enjoy the book? Loved it! Would I read Bk#2? Definitely as soon as it's available for me to read! Would I recommend the book? Yes I do highly recommend it, like I said I think you don't need to be a big dystopian fan to love this book either! Would I read more by Ruth Silver? I would do yes, I like her style and pace of writing, there's never a dull moment there's always something happening or the scene being set for the next big happening.
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