3.5 stars (release date Nov. 1, 2017)
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was a pretty good post-apocalyptic YA Fantasy book. It’s the first in a series. The worldbuilding and character building was a bit light and parts of the story is predictable, but it was still entertaining.
Sorrel lives in a small village of Amat with her mother, younger brother Eli and her baby sister. She is in love with her childhood best friend David, but isn’t sure if he shares her feelings. The village is small and the villagers help each other survive. No one from he village knows much about life “Before”. One day a group of mutants attacks the village and kills all of the adults and kidnaps the children while Sorrel is out of the village. She witnesses the attack from afar and as she enters the village, sees her mother and sister killed and her brother Eli taken by a mutant. She can’t find David or her other friends anywhere.
Heartbroken and unsure what to do, Sorrel sets out to track the mutants in an effort to find Eli and David. She ventures further than she had ever gone and sees a whole new world, including remnants from life “Before”. She runs into different groups of people that will challenge her ideas of what is right and wrong. Meanwhile David fights to survive captivity and escape so he can find Sorrel.
The story is fast paced and keeps the reader’s attention. It’s a quick read and I look forward to the next book in the series.