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Blurb (from Goodreads):
They took away my mother, my sister, my friends, everything I have cared for including my love.
I inadvertently struck out and my actions started a chain reaction which led to war and a full scale rebellion.
They have sent two armies to crush our resistance.
I have an army of 300 maltreated slave children.
They have an army of 5000 battle hardened men.
I have hijacked an armoured State train.
They have a limitless arsenal of the most sophisticated weapons on the face of the earth.
I have promised my army of slave children to get them to freedom or die trying.
They have vowed to kill every single slave child and have promised to handsomely reward the one who brings my head.
I have made a pledge to my younger sister and will cheat death as many times as it takes to fulfil it.
They are planning victory celebrations as a foregone conclusion, and have ordered ingeniously gruesome deaths for my soldiers and our families.
What they don’t know is…we have a stolen nuclear warhead in our possession and we intend to deliver it to the Emperor’s doorstep."
My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author S. F. Malik.)
16-year-old Joseph lives in a society where those who believe in God have their first-born children taken away from them at the age of 17, to be used by the Senate Nobles as slaves, ‘wives’, or donations (spare body parts!).
Joseph and his childhood sweetheart Grace marry the day before they are taken by the Guard, and as first-born children their lives are no longer their own.
These kids aren’t just accepting their fate though, and they form a revolt.
Can Joseph and his fellow first-borns ever be free? And can he rescue his wife Grace before she’s made a Nobel’s wife?
I almost didn’t read this book because from the blurb it didn’t really sound like my sort of thing, but it actually turned out to be alright!
Joseph was a strong character who always fought for what he thought was right. He believed in God, and used that belief as support during troubling times, and he acted like a true believer, and even helped those who had wronged him.
The storyline in this was pretty good. It turned out to be a quite well thought out dystopian story, and I liked the world building. The writing was also surprisingly good.
I liked how the kids tried to fight back against the Senate who wanted to basically enslave them and kill them, and the whole thing had a bit of a hunger-games feel to it.
There was a little bit of romance, and it was sweet the way that Joseph and Grace fought their way back to each other.
The ending was okay, although not everything was tied up at the end. I don’t know whether the author is planning on writing another book and turning this into a series, but we didn’t quite get the happily ever after that I was expecting which was a little disappointing.
Overall; a well written, well thought out dystopian story,
6.75 out of 10.