by C.J. Redwine
Published: August 28th 2012
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan - the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Don't let the 3.5 stars fool you. This is a good book. I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the rest of the series, I just had a few problems with the book. First off was the horrible treatment of women. I understand why it was in there. The book seems almost set in a Medieval-ish period. Except it is dystopian, and there may be no electricity - but there are some fancy gadgets being created that far outstrip anything we have now. So, why no electricity?
The main character, Rachel, is written really well. She is a very strong anti-heroine/heroine character. (Sorry, it can get confusing because she is really rebellions - hence the anti). Logan is also a good character, but I think I'll like him better in the next book. He just seemed... off in this one.