Marie Lu’s debut young-adult novel is a gripping, gritty, dystopian story of two teenagers, wealthy prodigy June and wanted criminal Day. The author’s sharp eye for detail makes the militaristic “Republic” (once the western U.S.) they live in seem all too real, and with fearless command of plot and pace she delivers a smashing opener of a new series. Perfect for readers who have devoured Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.