Where to start with this story? It is a dystopian love story. As with most dystopian books, it is a hard read. The author’s writing style is a fast paced and straight to the point. She certainly does not waste any words on fluff. The subject matter is what I found hard to read. In a land where rape is legal (as long as it is done within the rules that have been set up for sanctioned rape) and virginity is a commodity to be traded or taken away, there were certainly scenes that made me cringe a bit.
From Back of Book
“ROMANTIC DYSTOPIA FOR MATURE YA READERS. Due to strong language, violent scenes and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
THIS FULL LENGTH NOVEL IS A STAND ALONE. NO CLIFFHANGER
In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town, and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s violent attack is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man that she distrusts because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.”
The book moves very quickly, she doesn’t waste any time in keeping the story moving along. There are a few points where I would have liked a little more detail, but that is just my personal thoughts. The characters are well thought out, and act how you would expect people to act in this situation. Which I loved. There were no “stupid girl” moments, like others in the genre have; there were no “bad-boy suddenly laying everything out there” moments that are so unrealistic. All good things. I don’t really have real reason not to love this book, other then I didn’t fall in love with it. Honestly I was kinda happy when it is was done. But that could be that I don’t read a lot of books like this and didn’t realize how harsh it was going to be. That being said, I would recommend it to people- with the disclaimer.
What about you all, do you read this type of book? Do you like more flowers and sunshine, or are you ok with a harsher book every once in a while? Let me know your thoughts.