The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead and the nation is divided. Kit Franks, a nobody escalated to infamy since her mother bombed the House capitol city, wishes she were dead, too. Then Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts and Kit becomes a target.
Kit's inundated with half-truths, betrayals, and the coded subtext in Mom's universal feed messages meant for her alone. Everyone from family to government enforcers seems to have a vision for Kit's future. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Tessa Elwood is a web designer obsessed with stories, coffee, and running shoes. Her previous book is Inherit the Stars. She lives in Kansas City, MO.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a fantastic read! Kit (main char) is a survivor in a dystopian future where the powerful lord over the weak, and the weak fight to live another day. In Kit's case, the initial fight is for life itself after an awakening from the humdrum of everyday misery to the question of: Who am I? Where do I belong? And most of all... what do I choose?
I was hooked on this book from the first three sentences: “MY SANDAL’S INTENT ON DESTRUCTION. IT SLIDES OFF my foot and drops eighteen stories. Maybe it longs to be lethal, kill a pedestrian” – how could you not be smitten? The writing in this book is exceptional, and along with a great story line, it is not a book to be missed. This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I didn’t know about the first book before finishing this one, but now have to get hold of it, as – on the strength of this book - the author is so good. The heroine of the tale is Kit. She has been willed a nice apartment by her dying grandmother, on the understanding that none of the rest of her dysfunctional family spend any time there. Her vengeful aunt (““Don’t be like that.” She all but drips sugar, even as her next smoke ring hits my ear”) along with an incumbent drug addled, dangerously indebted son want to wrest it from her. Her alcoholic and likewise heavily indebted father wants to move in. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her mother has just blown up the Archive, which is the most important repository of information and records on the planet, and essential to finding the next in line to the hereditary ruler post, to avoid an interplanetary takeover. Kit’s mother, who had abandoned her in childhood, died in her explosion, leaving Kit with the sins of the mother to become the most hated person on the planet. With an entire planet (and the people of another) against her, she finds it very difficult to trust the mysterious Niles (“His scent has layers. Open with undercurrents. Like the city up high, at night on the rooftop, but more . . . boy”), who seems to want to help her. On the surface, this is a personal story about a girl fighting against impossible odds, foisted upon her by family and strangers. Everyone wants something from her, that she may not be able to give. But, as with all great scifi stories, this has a wider remit. Who suffers that we can live in luxury? Does our welfare (personal and planetary) trump that of others? Of their very existence? Do people in genuine fear of their lives have the right to use any means they feel necessary to avoid their fate? On Kit’s head is the fate of her family – and of the planet: “ “Niles,” I say. Flat, suspended. I’m suspended. The world balanced in an eye of calm.”. What can she do? The book ends with a wonderful (though mathematically rather dubious) quote: “Words can’t express the dead space between isolation and having one ally. Four may be twice two, but two is not twice one. Two is two thousand times one.” I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review