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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    This was fantastic. I was hooked from the beginning and was desp

    This was fantastic. I was hooked from the beginning and was desperate to find out what was going to happen next every step of the way. For me, it served as valuable insight into how a way of thinking can twist society into something not altogether forgivable. 

    I couldn't imagine being Silas, or Malina or any of the Carillians. Just the idea of someone being harvested makes me feel sick to my stomach. It reminded me of the Matrix, with the total disregard for humanity. The idea that robbing someone of any individuality as a charitable act was repulsive, and I actually had my adrenaline kick in a little bit a couple times because I was so fired up and wanting to put these Tyreans in their place. There really isn't any mention of animals in the story, but I doubt they use animals for electricity. It was cruel. There's no other word for it.

    And the fact that Jamar and his father Lemuel (and the others) found no fault in this! I couldn't wrap my head around it. They are living, breathing people with emotions and that deems them unworthy of living a life of their own choosing? But no, they must all be put in their place, because they are worthless. I keep shaking my head.

    The author did an amazing job with this book. Truly. While I did find a few spelling errors here and there (literally maybe 5) there's nothing to indicate it didn't come from a big publishing house. The story was consistent and followed the flow of events. The characters stayed true to their own development and I forgot they weren't real. 

    Jamar is probably the biggest part of the book that I both loathed and enjoyed. When he began to think for himself and realize that hey, Silas has ideas! And they're good ones! I was practically leaping for joy. But when he faltered and fell back into what he was taught--that Carillians are basically stupid animals who need to be shepherded--I felt as if a battle had been lost. Especially in the end, with the confrontation with Silas. 

    And that. Wow. I was heartbroken.

    I really loved this book. I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store. I'll absolutely be coming back to see what she's up to.

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