Genre: Dystopian, YA, Science Fiction
Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”
Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.
Like some of you, I went through a huge dystopian phase a few years back. They were all the rage, and there were some really good ones at the time! I’m talking about The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, etc.I really enjoyed all of these. Then, any dystopians I read after seemed to pale in comparison. It was disappointing and I pretty much steer clear of them for the most part. I am so excited to say that my spell of reading lackluster dystopians is officially broke!
Phoenix is an orphan who has one goal; survive. Her parents were brutally murdered in front of her when she was just eleven years old and obviously her life hasn’t been the same since. She is such a broken girl, she struggles immensely with some of the hard choices she’s had to make in order to survive. Can she still be a good person even after the horrible things she’s done? Is she worthy or capable of loving another human being?
One fateful night Phoenix strays from her own script and decides to actually help someone else, at her own risk. Everything changes after she saves the life of a young girl, Mouse. A hidden “tribe” is revealed and nothing is as it once seemed. How is Phoenix’s past related to this mysterious organization, the Subversive? And how will her connection to Mouse impact her own wellbeing?
Wilson created a stunning world, one that is dark, savage and bitter. The world building in this book is excellent, showcasing a world that is full of pain, torture, vulnerability and secrets. This cover is stunning and set a perfect atmosphere for what’s inside the book.
The characters are also fantastic and Phoenix’s development was outstanding and I can’t wait to see her growth in book two. There is a bit of romance here, but nothing that overshadows the main storyline. Speaking of book two, I need it NOW! This book ended with a huge cliffhanger, which is awesome but I need to know what happens next.
Huge thanks to the author, Jennifer Wilson for my copy in exchange for an honest review!