Blurb (from Goodreads):
Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.
Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I was given a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to D. D. Chant.)
20-year-old Deeta Richards lives in an apartment block with her parents and sisters, in a time when a financial crisis has resulted death and destruction. Deeta is not classified as strong enough to become a warden, which means that her entire life will be spent within the apartment block, and she will never get to go outside.
Tom, her best friend and upstairs neighbour, lives with Professor Jepsjon, and 5 children who have all been rescued and unofficially adopted. Tom is a warden, and when he goes ‘out’ Deeta worries about him.
Tom is once again going ‘out’ with a few others from the building, but this time something is different. Intruders enter the apartment block, and kidnap one of the Jepsjon children – Dec. Tom doesn’t return on time, and when he does eventually return a few days later, it is with news that one of their team has also been captured.
Tom then reveals some surprising news. He is in fact a member of the Andak family, as is Dec. The Andak’s are greatly feared, and this news brings with it prejudice and confusion. Tom explains that he is one of 17 sons, and that these sons are being picked of one by one by one of their own in an attempt to gain more power and wealth. Tom and Dec have been hiding from the Andak family in a bid to stay safe.
Now that the Andak’s know where they are though, and how poor their defences are, everyone must leave and join another clan to stay safe, but what will happen to Dec? Will the Andak’s attack again? And what will Deeta think to her first trip outside the confines of the building she was born in?
This is an interesting YA dystopian. The scene was set well at the beginning, with some mystery surrounding the outside world, and Tom’s trips ‘out’.
Deeta spent most of her time helping care for the Jepsjon family, even when her parents disapproved, and still wanted to help even when it was revealed who Tom really was. She really went to great lengths to protect and care for the people she loved.
I got the impression initially that Tom was secretly in love with Deeta, who remained pretty clueless, so it was interesting to see how this developed. Tom was really sweet in the way that he always tried to protect and take care of Deeta, even when she had no idea how he felt about her.
I liked the storyline, although I thought a bit more could have been made of the trip ‘outside’ which was a first for Deeta and several of the others. The later events I couldn’t have predicted though, and also caused a change in track in the tale.
I couldn’t guess who the killer was, although there were quite a few suspects. In fact my guess was totally wrong! I did enjoy the final escape plan though!
It will be interesting to see where the rest of the series goes.
Overall; an interesting YA dystopian.
6.5 out of 10.
Interview with the author -
D. D. Chant
When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved writing even as a child, I started my first 97.000 word novel at 14 and finished it at 18. It was a sci-fi adventure romance and there was only one human in the whole cast, it wasn’t good enough to publish but it was a really great learning curve.
What was your inspiration for Broken City?
It started as a dream, before you ask I wasn’t the Heroine!!! In fact I didn’t recognize anyone in the dream at all! It was just a scene with a few people in a building talking about how they were going to find a little boy who had gone missing. I couldn’t stop thinking about it: how were they going to find him? Who had taken him and why? So I started writing.
What three words would you use to best describe Broken City?
Romance Adventure Mystery
What are your favourite things about Deeta and Tom?
I think my favourite things about Deeta are her kindness and her courage. Because she has lived in such an insular society and been kept in the dark for so long she’s very naive and she has a fear not only of the unknown outside in the city but also of herself. She’s been protected for so long that she worries that she’s weak and useless but in actual fact she’s much stronger than she thinks.
Tom is a bit of a mystery, because the book is told primarily from Deeta’s point of view you only really see what she thinks of him, what she thinks his motivation is and what she thinks he is thinking. Because of that Tom remains a bit of an enigma. I think my favourite thing about him is his sense of duty, the way he protects everyone weaker than him. I also love that although his life has made him tough, calculating and generally someone that everyone is a little afraid of, Deeta’s naivety breaks down all his barriers and touches him. I like that Deeta had a place in his heart along with Uncle Jep and the children before Tom fell in love with her, she is one of the few people he is gentle and sweet to. I think that Tom allows Deeta to see a side of him that no one else does, he trusts her enough to let her see his vulnerability as well as his strength.
Your two books are very different! Can you tell us a bit about ‘The Promise’?They are! I love reading in different genres so it seemed natural to write in different genres as well. ‘The Promise’ started when I was singing the song ‘Two Little Boys’ to my cousin one day. Have you ever listened to the words of that song??? It tells a story of incredible friendship between the ‘Two Little Boys’ of the title. That loyalty and friendship inspired the story of the foster brothers in ‘The Promise’ who are loyal to each other over everything else. ‘The Promise’ is the first book in a series, there is a story arc that connects the books together but each book will centre on a different brother and tell the story of how he falls in love.
Are there any other genres that you are interested in?
I have a contemporary adventure romance that I’ve started, a Victorian romance mystery and next year I’m releasing my third novel set far in the future in a world where the 3 super powers that rule are at war.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
I love Georgette Heyer, Lucy Walker, Charles Dickens, P.G. Wodehouse, James Heriot….the list is endless!!!
Random Questions –
What’s your favourite treat?
What is your favourite place to read/write?
Anywhere, I like to have a lot going on around me when I write.
If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?
A villa somewhere hot!!!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog Sarah! It was really fun!
Thanks for stopping by D. D.!
The Promise by D. D. Chant
Blurb (from Goodreads):
I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.
When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.
Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.
However the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.
What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness? Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......
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EITHER BROKEN CITY OR THE PROMISE
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