I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.
A coming of age story, where the main character is trying to find her way in life but also finds more than she bargained for. Yes, not a unique story in itself, but the author took that basic notion and created a full and lush adventure with it. Readers will have to hold on to their seats tight, because there is action of some sort throughout the majority of the book.
Some of the details of how the Union just didn't seem to work itself out right. There were times I had to reread a line to try to understand what was ;being described for me. The romance seemed way too quick and extreme also, but how everything is set up, if the author had drawn it out longer it would probably have felt like a slow, boring read.
This book is a great dystopian read. The Union itself doesn't seem like such a horrible government, especially compared to others in the genre. Heck, I would love the idea of going into an apprenticeship after high school instead of going in to college. So much more is learned hands on than is learned through books and testing.
A good, strong beginning to what seems is going to be a great adventure series. I can't wait to see where the author takes her characters and what read more about them. This is a series that anyone who enjoys a story with romance, a strong female lead and our future world will dive right in to and come up for breath once the last word is read.