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daynight
     

daynight

4.0 15
by Megan Thomason
 
2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews

"Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story" -Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging

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2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews

"Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story" -Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels"-BlueInk Review (starred review)

"Thomason's description of Thera's totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver... SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people... The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment."-Foreword Clarion Review, 4 stars

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth's benevolent non-profit by day, Thera's totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving-forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother's death, Blake's been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner-Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan's forced to do his SCI elite family's bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason's debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

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Kirkus Reviews
A sci-fi adventure with a sweet YA love story at its center. Kira Donovan is enjoying high school with her boyfriend, Tristan, and her best friend, Bri. She's had to take all these weird intellectual, psychological and physical tests, but she's got an end-of-the-year party to look forward to. Searching for Tristan among the partygoers, she runs into Ethan, who has eyes too blue and a face too handsome to ignore. After a terrible tragedy that evening claims the lives of her friends, Kira and the school loner, Blake, find themselves on a harsh but habitable planet called Thera, which is governed by mysterious powers. There are nightly doctor's visits, hours of computer-led classes and strange ways of getting around, like zip lines and skateboards. As roommates at school, Kira and Blake are expected to "Cleave," or mate for life. But Blake, having grown up with the hardship of alternating between Earth and Thera, has his own agenda, one that includes revenge upon the brutal Theran leaders who destroyed his family. When Tristan, Bri and Ethan all show up, with no memory of their past lives or deaths, Kira and Blake feel the stakes of their joint mission--and of their romantic expectations--rise even higher. Author Thomason rotates the chapters through different characters' perspectives, allowing their distinctive voices and conflicting motivations to round out her thoroughly described world. The narrative perfectly captures the cadences and nuances of teen speech, blending with a richly imagined alternate world in which breaking the rules can result in being "Exiled" to certain death--but sticking to the rules may be just as bad. Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story balanced by emotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480226555
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/26/2012
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone--over 600 in the last year--or attending to the needs of her family. Megan's fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.

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daynight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Unlike most dystopian novels, Megan Thomason’s Daynight fits several different premises together into a compellingly strange new world. First is an intriguing concept of “cleaving,” an unbreakable unity, replacing marriage, applied to any teens who allow their relationship to go too far. It certainly sounds like a convincing way to keep young adults in order, though the question of who defines “too far,” and who will choose who they cleave to when they reach eighteen makes it kind of scary. Add to this a world where disobedience is punishable by terrifying exile or by death. Then connect it to our own present world through strange portals, controlled by a powerful business corporation. Add Second Chancers to the mix – earth’s prematurely dead, who get a second chance at life. Stir and repeat. Sprinkle politics on top... It’s a heady mix, and surprisingly it works, through some strong characters and the author’s strong writing. The plot may be a little unconvincing at times, but the male and female voices that tell the tale can carry it well. If Kira is occasionally blind to the logs in her own eye, well, she is a teen, and she does mature convincingly during the story. And if her different love interests keep a few too many secrets, well, the same thing applies. A thickening plot ensues, but it keeps the reader turning pages very effectively, and this reader, at least, is eager to see the rest of the series. Disclosure: I read Daynight in the collection, What Tomorrow May Bring, and was glad to be introduced to this author.
Ksiddall More than 1 year ago
Daynight is based on the intriguing premise that Earth has a "sister" world, Thera, where those that have had their lives cut short can go for a second chance at a longer life. Specially gifted individuals can go back and forth via portals between the two worlds (without having to die). Kira Donovan, is unknowingly gifted with this ability and as her tragic junior year of high school year ends (110 of her classmates, her boyfriend and best friend were all killed in a house explosion at an after party for the Winter Dance), she chooses to complete her final year as a recruit of the SCI - the Second Chance Institute. The Second Chance Institute is the corporation that makes possible the "second chance" at life for the deceased. Blake, a classmate that also escaped the house explosion, signs on with SCI as well but he has a secret agenda behind his decision. Ethan, the son of a prominent family on Thera, attends college on Earth during the school year and interns with his father in the Theran government during summer break. The three main characters are united on Thera and an angsty love triangle develops. Life on Thera is governed by strict rules with harsh consequences for non-compliance. It is also a physically, harsh environment with the outside temperatures reaching 150 degrees during the day. As an adaptation to the heat, the inhabitants live their lives and are awake during the cooler hours of darkness and sleep during the heat of the day. The Second Chance inhabitants are unaware of their previous lives on Earth. They come to Thera the same age they were when they died with no memory of their past. When Kira realizes that her former boyfriend, best friend, and many of her former classmates are now on Thera as Second Chancers, it becomes a stressful struggle for her to maintain the pretense that they are meeting for the first time and have no history with each other. The story is an adventure, a mystery, a romance and thriller all blended to create a highly enjoyable reading experience. The main characters are flawed, yet very likeable; the situation on Thera, tense; and the machinations behind the scenes on Thera, frightening and dangerous. All of which will keep the "pages" turning.
Ash05 More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. I loved the concept of a whole new different planet. The main characters Blake and Kira were really nice. I loved how close they became because they were pretending to date each other. There was a third character which was Ethan, who completed the love triangle. Ethan was the one who Kira had feelings for, though I was Team Blake. I really liked Blake. The ending wasn't that good but was satisfying. The plot was really different but I enjoyed it and all the new concepts like Cleaving and how everybody was given a chance to inhabit Thera and have a fresh start.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I kept wondering when things were going to make sense. Don't get me wrong, this book's pretty good, but everything was so confusing throughout it. There were things that didn't make sense and things that just seemed really unlikely to me. There were parts where the author would describe things in a really extensive way, to the point where I'd just skip over them because there was no point for them to be there. There's one time where Kira is being taught all about Thera and she recalls nodding off because some of the things were so boring. I had that same feeling. Some things were really descriptive, to the point where they were boring. However, the plot was pretty fascinating, and I kept wondering what the secrecy was and what was going to happen next. What SCI was hiding and how Kira was going to get out of it. The book switched between Kira, Ethan, and Blake's point of view, so it was a little hard switching between all of their thoughts, since they all thought differently. But I liked being able to understand what was going on in their heads and what they were planning. Since this book is part of a series, there is a sort of "cliffhanger" at the end that will make you want to keep on reading to know what's going to happen. Kira gets in quite a pickle from the beginning and remains in the pickle all throughout the book (she gets into an even bigger pickle at the end!). All in all, this book was a nice read that'll leave you wondering what's going to happen next.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Kira has been offered a unique opportunity. If she spends a year with the Second Chance Institute, she will get a full scholarship to college. This seems like too good of a chance to pass up, so Kira is off on a new adventure. However, the day of her test to see if she can work for SCI something horrible happens that results in the death of most of her classmates. Kira leaves all this behind to travel with her other surviving classmate, Blake, to the SCI training facility on the planet of Thera. She also manages to meet the mysterious Ethan. As Kira learns more about the SCI and Thera, she learns that things are far more complicated than she could have ever imagined. Kira, Blake, and Ethan will be wrapped up in something much bigger than them, and they will have to fight to survive. First of all, this was a very unique book. I found the concept behind it enthralling. The idea of Thera being a mirror of Earth in almost every way possible was intriguing. There were a lot of political plots to keep up with, and there were tons of twists and turns. Just when you thought you had a good handle on what was going on, things got shaken up. The story keeps you on your toes. One thing I will say though is that I kind of felt thrown into the story. It was unclear to me in the beginning how much about SCI and Thera Kira knew about. There were things she seemed like she understood that I completely didn't get, so I found that confusing.  The story felt complete, but there was room for more books. Dystopian books are kind of overdone these days, but it's always nice to find a book with a unique concept. This book definitely fits that bill. There is also a huge love triangle, and even that manages to avoid being too predictable. This book is worth checking out. It will take you for a ride and leave you ready to find out more. Book provided for review.
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to say that this book was perfect. I had my problems with it, like I do with pretty much everything I read (what can I say, I'm picky!). Namely, how easy it was for Kira to accept that she was no longer living on Earth. Did she question it? Heck yeah, which was why it wasn't that big of a deal for me, but I just felt like there should have been a little more drama behind her figuring that she just got handed over to a bunch of wackjobs. But like I said, that wasn't a huge deal for me, so I'm not going to focus on it. What I am going to focus on are the things that I did like. Because no matter what may have irked me a little bit at times (hi Jax), there would always be something following not so far behind that would either make want to laugh or cry. Only one of which I did. I'll let you figure out which one it was. I loved the multiple perspectives. Sometimes it was a little confusing how they were laid out because there were a few repeated events and some funky chronological order, but it was all worth it. There's nothing that I appreciate more in an author than being wiling to explain why her (or his) characters think and act the way they do. If you ever want me to emphasize with or even like them, you have to get me to understand them. Which definitely happened here. So I guess now I can talk about Ethan! I really liked Ethan. Don't get me wrong, I think that Blake is a pretty cool dude too, but I really really liked Ethan. You can't possibly understand how incredible I thought he was until you read the book, but perhaps I can give you a little glimpse from his perspective: "I didn't think it was possible to love someone so much, but she is the smartest, most beautiful, most kind, most loyal, most caring, most fun, most incredible girl in the universe. When I'm with her I just want time to stop forever and when I'm not I can't even think straight. My heart pounds, I'm antsy, and I can't get her out of my mind. She's in my every thought, every moment, so much so that I have trouble getting my work done. I constantly wonder what she's thinking and if she feels a fraction for me the way I feel about her." Awwww!!!!! How sweet is that?! And he's so shy around Kira that pretty much everything he does makes me laugh. It's one thing to try to make me understand the protagonists, though, and quite another to branch off into the extremely barren territory of explaining the so called "bad guys." You literally have no idea how happy I am that Megan Thomason did this. It's pretty much the reason why I'm giving this book such a high rating. You see, I have a bit of a hard time believing that people are inherently born "good" or "evil." Life is so circumstantial, and everybody usually has some sort of a reason for the things they do, even if it may not make sense to anybody else. I don't necessarily think that the SCI is evil, even though I may believe that some of the things they do are. They have a reason for doing what they do, and I'm so thankful to Megan for daring to explain those "whys." Taylor
JacquelineP More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  I really enjoyed this book. I was totally entranced from the very beginning. The storyline started out captivating at the very beginning and I couldn't stop until I got to the end. You want to talk about a love triangle that keeps you guessing. I literally did not know which way Thomason was going to take the characters until the end. She kept you on your toes and every time you think something is going to happen Thomason takes it in a whole new direction.  I love the twists and turns in the story and all the characters. I so can't wait for the next installment to find out what might happen because I know it can't just end here. I want more, more, please!!!
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Megan Thomason Daynight YA science fiction/dystopian This book had me gripped from the start. Being from my favourite genre, I happily jumped in and within a few chapters I was completely hooked. The chapters are written from the 3 main characters perspectives, which gives the reader greater insight into the storyline. Well written and incredibly descriptive, I was easily transported into Earth’s sister planet, Thera. More and more details are slowly given as the story unfolds, giving the whole picture by the end. I couldn’t decide between Ethan and Blake, and I’m sure there is so much more to come for that love triangle. Can’t wait to continue reading this story, I’m sure it’s going to be full of even more action.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
A refreshing approach to a dystopian world, though you won't necessarily see that to begin with. Second Chance Institute (SCI) is billed as something akin to the Americorps. You volunteer for a year of helping people &/or teaching (including the training you are required to undergo). In return you get a free ride to the school if your choice. At least that is what the brochures and ads say about it. The reality is a whole different ball of wax. Once you are "in" the organization, you are in for the rest of your life. Not that you learn this until you've signed the papers and been transported to another world - literally. Kira decided to join SCI for her senior year to get that free ride to college. She may have come from a well-to-do family, but that doesn't mean her parents give her anything she wants. Her boyfriend Tristan, and best friend Briella just don't understand how Kira can want to attend this 'institute' over spending her senior year with her friends. One of the final nights of the year and all the kids in Kira's class are up at fellow student Bailey's massive mansion partying like there is no tomorrow. Kira's not really in the mood to drink, but goes to hang with Tristan and Briella. Tristan is drinking like a fish and drunk in no time, with Bri not too far behind. Meanwhile Kira meets Ethan, a guy she's never seen before, clearly not in high school. Though she doesn't know him they end up in a hallway talking for ages. Eventually Kira goes to find Tristan so she can get a lift home, while musing over the intense feelings that Ethan brought out in her. The strongly positive, intense feelings. While looking for Tristan Kira stumbles upon a scene she will never forget, even as it shatters her world. There before her is her boyfriend and best friend making out, oblivious to everything but each other. Kira slips out of the room before either one sees her, leaving the mansion altogether. As she heads down the driveway trying to get reception on her phone so she can call to get a ride home she is almost run down by another classmate. Blake, a real loner, manages to avoid hitting Kira. He is on his way to the party to collect his younger sister. What happens next is a total shock. . .and will influence both of them for as long as they live. Skip ahead to SCI - both Blake and Kira had been accepted as 'recruits' and their job is to watch, interact, and report on the 'Second Chancers.' However during their training they never get a solid explanation as to what a Second Chancer is, only that they are not allowed to ever bring up the past with a Second Chancer. When they do discover what Second Chancers are their worlds are turned upside down, and it becomes crystal clean why they are never to bring up the past. As time goes by more and more strange things take place, and Kira gets an education into the depths of corruption within the SCI. Both Blake and Kira must learn to trust each other if they are to survive their experience at the Second Chance Institute, where almost nothing is as it seems. The characters are mostly well developed, and their quirks are realistic enough to make them believable. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns and sends you on a great ride as you try to figure out what is really going on. Aside from a few minor spots were the pacing seems to lag, the story tends to move along at a decent pace, easily keeping the reader engaged. This is one story I am definitely looking forward to learning more about in the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a find! Daynight is strangely brilliant and imaginative. I loved how the author rotated each chapter through the main character's unique perspective. I appreciated Kira and the unconventional conundrums she was faced with. I expect it will be compared to the Hunger Games because of the ingenious concept and essential teen romance. Seldom do I find a book that captivates from the first moment to the final chapter, but this unquestionably did! I love being made to think outside the box and this was a journey well worth traveling! I hope the author continues to captivate us with future pursuits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always reluctant to read books that have been self-published, due to the nature of the game: anyone can publish, regardless of the quality of their writing. "daynight", however, blew away all of my expectations.  "daynight" recounts the stories of three young adults, Kira, Blake, and Ethan, and their interactions with one another and the Second Chance Institute (SCI). It's set in a dystopian world unlike any other I have encountered in the dozens upon dozens of young adult novels I have read to date. The world Thomason has created is refreshing in its "newness" and ingenuity - just unpredictable enough to be exciting - yet familiar enough that it will fit comfortably aside books such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend; paragons of the dystopian genre.Equally refreshing is the writing, which flows very well and is easy to follow. The quality of dialogue, something that many writers struggle with, is superb. We see flashbacks from each character throughout the book. Those do, at times, move a little slower than the rest of the story; however, they contain developments essential to our understandings of the characters at present. While you are able to predict things here and there, the story is interspersed with enough artfully executed plot twists to keep things plenty interesting. The grammar is better than I expected from a self-published book; errors are few and far between. Thankfully, the spelling is excellent and I did not find any problems with word usage. I have been known to quit reading a book if there are enough problems with spelling and grammar, regardless of how good the story is. :) "daynight" is a captivating read, a fantastic debut for Thomason, and hands-down the best self-published novel I have read to date. I highly recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book by the author as part of a Read and Review, in exchange for an honest review.  I think the biggest issue for me with this book was editing. I felt like there was so many parts that didn't add to the story and instead drew me out and made the book drag. It was a bit hard to finish, I had to really push through the last quarter of the book. The frustrating part is that underneath that extra stuff, there is a really unique and exciting story. It had wonderful, creepy dystopian themes and it was a very original idea. But, I got lost in all the little bunny trail back stories, mostly those told by Blake.  Another issue I had was the characters. They didn't feel real to me. I thought Blake was the most realistic character. He was this perfect embodiment of a lustful, conflicted teenage boy. I liked Ethan and I was rooting for him to get the girl, but he was pretty frustrating at times too. But it was Kira who was by far the strangest character. I found her to be a very contradictory personality. Like when she first gets to her new house and she comments on the skanky clothes in the drawer that she never wear, then a couple weeks later she wears them to a party and is doing backflips...in a tube top and skirt.... Yeah, it was weird. And her internal monologues about her feelings were just ALL OVER the place. She insisted that she loved Blake and Ethan only held attraction for her. But her actions and behaviors, to me, didn't say either of those things. It seemed like she had a more friendship type love for Blake and real love for Ethan. I dunno, I just didn't really get her character and had a hard time connecting. I'm torn about continuing the series because like I said, I thought the concept of this book was really unique and interesting, but I didn't love it and I just wish it had been condensed a bit more. There were a lot of things that I had a tough time with. I don't know if it was me or the author's way of writing, but I had difficulty visualizing a lot of the things described: landscape, structures. And there were parts that I had to re-read and they didn't make sense. I had this problem several times where a chapter just didn't compute. I didn't understand what they were talking about. So, I don't know. It could just be me. I would still recommend this book to people for the uniqueness of it. I didn't hate it, I just think it needs to be cleaned up a bit.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Everything you are about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book! Wow! This book was GREAT! I really enjoyed it very much! The author has done a wonderful job with the writing and creating a well thought out plot! Everything fit very well and flowed perfectly together! The book starts off with the one of the main charters Kira signing up at the SCI to do service for them for a year in exchange for a full scholar ship to a college of her choice. But once she arrives there she realizes that what she signed up for is obviously not what she thought! She now finds herself in a very bad situation! This book was very enjoyable! The author has brought something new and fresh to books! I look forward to the second installment in the series!
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
Chilling, daunting and just a little bit creepy are some of the words I would use to describe Daynight. When I think of getting second chances, I don't think of it as been stolen away to an alternative world where I get to meet people who I last saw die in a explosion - especially when I had just witnessed something I'd rather not have witnessed.  But in Daynight that's exactly what you get.  Oh my gosh, there were some scenes in this book that creeped me out and others where I couldn't keep turning the pages fast enough - just to see what happened next.  The world of the Daynight was the exact opposite of how it was here.  There people slept through the day and went to school at night.  On that world, sunlight could give you serious sunburn if you didn't smother sunscreen on first.  Thera was just a world of creepy opposites.  The world was run by a group of Ten who ruled it with a iron fist.  If you broke their rules, you were lucky if you died.  If you're unlucky you got Exiled and even though alive, I considered that to be a lot worse than dying.  In the way of the world-building of the Garden City, I had to say I was quite impressed.  It was detailed.  Even though I must admit that some of it was confusing and I had to get my head around it.  There was a lot I learned about the world through the memories of Blake, who was the one who had suffered the most.  The Garden City where they went was only one of the several places Second Chancers could go. The story line of Daynight was spooky, not to mention downright creepy in some places.  It made every feminine inch of me either want to curl up in a ball or to personally kill the members of the 'Ten', regardless of what would happen to me.  But, I think that was what made the story so gripping.  I have to leave it like that otherwise I'd be revealing too much. And the characters were clever as well.  I liked all three of the main players - Kira, Blake and Ethan.  All three had their flaws, like Blake being an idiot at times, even though he was standing up for what he believed in.  At times, I thought Ethan should 'man up' especially when he got overly emotional.  And Kira, by being so stubborn that it hurt the ones she loved.  There was a love triangle in this book, but for the first time ever, I couldn't choose between Ethan or Blake.  I wanted her to end up with BOTH of them!  Blake and Ethan both had qualities I adored and I could easily see why Kira fell for both of them. There were so many players in this game.  If you're looking for a book with action - then this is the book for you.  The flow of writing is fast, but not too fast and you never get the chance to get bored.  You don't get a chance to because there's too much going on.  To be honest though, I didn't get the prologue.  The writing style was...awkward.  It was told in third person present and it was just weird to me.  But, I really loved it when I found it didn't carry on like that throughout the whole book.  Instead it's in first voice and in Kira's, Blake's and Ethan's perspective.  I enjoyed that. And, one of the aspects of the Garden City that I didn't quite understand is how the Second Chancers could be human-like enough to have families when they were in truth, well, dead.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book once I got into it and I would recommend it to anyone who like Dystopian novels.   Book review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Daynight' is a fantastic young adult science fiction/dystopian novel that follows three different main characters: Kira Donovan, Blake Sundry, and Ethan Darcton. Each has a different past and a different situation that lands them at The Second Chance Institute (SCI). Each character must deal with their own problems as well as political agendas, family expectations, and romantic triangles. This is a very inventive and fantastic dystopian novel that is full of not only the science fiction and dystopian elements, but lots of twists, turns, romance, mystery, and action. It truly breaks genre labels and barriers in it's winding pages. The characters are all really interesting with unique personalities and character flaws that make them helplessly realistic and easy to like. The reader gets to know and understand each of the three main characters intimately since the novel is told in alternating points of view between the characters. The plot has several sub-stories and twists, which definitely keeps you on your toes - but doesn't confuse the reader with too much going on at once. The story itself is wonderfully written and fast-paced, making it a great page-turner that's hard to put down. Overall, this book has a really intriguing plot and unique storyline that will have fans of dystopian fiction clamoring for more. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.