Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb… and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
I loved the way that this book started out. I was wondering how Sounders was going to write this book because I’ve seen many different ways of formatting a character’s narration whose memory has been wiped. I’ve seen this style before, but I have to admit that I hadn’t seen it in a really long time and I had to smile as I read this book because of how much I enjoyed reading Evelyn’s POV, especially in the first few chapters.
I thought that the middlish-end of this book was where things started getting a little wobbly for me. I felt like RENEGADE was heading the way of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, and I started to panic because I had really enjoyed RENEGADE up until that point and I did NOT want another book like THE TESTING. However, I did enjoy the book’s thriller elements and the chase scenes near to the ending of the story.
I did think that Mother’s story and personality was not the most clever, smart and diabolical villain I’ve ever read about, but she was okay for the purposes of this story. I felt like with a much stronger, much more shiver-inducing villain like Pioneer from GATED, (review to come, I promise!) this story could’ve been a lot more than it was.
Despite the way the book started turning, it didn’t officially go that way and while the ending wasn’t entirely satisfying for me, I think that just paved the way for REVELATIONS, which I’m really interested in reading. I think that REVELATIONS can be made a lot better because of the ending to this book. The ending, while it didn’t completely deter me from being interested in the sequel–like THE TESTING did, it still was really disappointing and it got dangerously close to the same ending as the THE TESTING, which was the part of the book I absolutely detested.
Anyhow, the rest of this book was really fun and I thought that it was pretty well put together. I have high hopes for REVELATIONS… 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 364
Series: The Elysium Chronicles
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