As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret-the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.
|Publisher:||Silence in the Library LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
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Through history we've heard about women portraying themselves as a man to go into battle and do certain things. We've watched the Disney movie Mulan and the portrayal of a woman putting herself in harms way, for a loved one, without them asking to. In this book, we see a different side of this, we see a girl be purposely brought up as a man to keep her family as the seated political structure. We learn quickly the obstacles she's had to overcome personally and emotionally, and we feel her pain in the fact that she can't be who she really is. As the story goes on, the characterization is strong, and the process really made me think. What if this was me? Could I do this? Would I do this? Is what they are doing, really for the good of the people? Would allowing certain groups to expand really be so bad? Reading how they lived, what was banned, I could only think back to how things were hundreds of years ago when we didn't have the knowledge of what we do now. You many think that with such gender issues that there would be some issues for some readers when it comes to other things. Especially since she must marry a woman to keep up the sham. This is a clean read and works really well for the YA audience as well as older audiences. For a YA book, it's extremely sophisticated and treats the characters with the utmost respect and keeps one intrigued and wondering what is going to happen next. Set in our future, in a dystopian world. The reader will find themselves acknowledging that this is a world that could happen. Dystopian literature is one to learn from. Figure out what went wrong, apply it to our own world and decide for ourselves not to go down that road and figure out how now to. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and anything else that the author, Rori Shay has or will write. Readers will not come away disappointed.
This is quite a page turner. I could not put it down until I was finished. The post-apocalyptic world the book is set in is very interesting, as are its themes of environmental responsibility and tolerance. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the second book in the series.