SynopsisIn the not-too-distant future, because of genetic engineering, every human is a ticking time bomb.
Males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. To keep the population from dying out, girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine is taken, she enters a world of wealth and privilege that both entices and terrifies her. She has everything she ever wanted--except freedom. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to escape before it's too late.
This book sucked me in from the get go. I could feel Rhine's fear in the truck and throughout the story. Rhine is strong, independent, assertive and a fighter. Qualities that could either work for or against her in this future society.
Imagine knowing you would die at age 20 or 25? Crazy right? Not in this world. This world it's a fact. I loved the plot of the book. I also like knowing it's a start of a trilogy and not in and of itself. There's so many questions I have as to why and how. I hope we get some answers in upcoming books.
Let's talk about the characters. I think they were well written and executed through out the book. Cecily drove me nuts to be honest but her character was so well played, that I think it was meant to be that way. Jenna was sweet and a survivor if I ever saw one. A quiet person much like myself. Linden, he shocked me I wanted so very much to not like him. It didn't turn out that way though. I liked Gabriel. I liked all the little things he did for Rhine. Let's not forget Housemaster Vaughn. That character gives me the creeps in every sense of the word. I would not want to be anywhere near him, not even in the same building. He reminds me of a mad, sadistic, scientist.
Anyway, a great start and I look forward to then next installment!
Author's Website: Lauren DeStefano