The First Book in The Surrendered series by Case Maynard
Storyline: After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children. Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty. Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
Alrighty… I think I liked it.. I have mixed feelings about it! I think the story itself was a great concept! A bit rushed but clipped along at a decent pace. There were a few too many ‘problems’ that popped up along the way for my liking, but I think that was the main characters fault. She was super irrational and too quick to act, and because of that she kept getting herself and other innocent people into trouble and into situations that could have otherwise been avoided. Her impulsiveness was annoying and I truly didn’t like that about her, so let’s just say she deffinately isn’t a top female character in my eyes. It was a bit predictable in some aspects, But there were a few twists that caught me off guard which was good. I don’t know, i didn’t LOVE it as much as I was hoping to, but I don’t hate it. I’m just indifferent about it. I’d recommend it to people who love YA dystopian novels.
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