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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA dystopian story, about a world where children were taken from their parents and put to work.
Vera was an okay character, but I found it hard to care what happened to her. Her impulsiveness just kept getting her into more and more trouble, and she just never thought about what she was doing before she did it, which irritated me.
The storyline in this was about Vera finding her baby sister among the newly surrendered, and wanting to escape and take her with her. Events then happened that led to their escape, but it was all very rushed and unplanned, and although they landed on their feet they just ended up in bad situation after bad situation. There was action and twists in this book, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to care, and I spent most of this book wishing it were over.
Overall; not for me.
5 out of 10