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The Lone City 1: The Jewel (The Lone City Trilogy) Kindle-editie
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If anything, this book reminded me of the Hunger Games. Train ride, rebellious heroine, probable uprising- even its own Cinna. I like stories that have a fresh premise, and this book did not fail to deliver. I will continue the series in the hope that the rest are as good as the first book.
When I began reading it, I didn't know that the plot would be so horrifying. I guess that goes to show that descriptions can be pretty vague. If some topics make you squeamish, I suggest you find a different read.
This book combines science and magic in a spectacular way. It's a quick read, but a satisfying one. It exceeded my expectations for sure.
Unfortunately, I'll have to drop a star for the love story and it's execution. I was so excited the first hundred or so pages in, thinking that finally, FINALLY the main character would be a single, independent woman. No love interest at all! But, of course, as this is a Young Adult book, we meet Ash Lockwood, a jaw-droppingly handsome protagonist that Violet will think about and moon over for the rest of the novel.
Their love was really rushed. I can stand YA romance if it progresses at a slow pace, with feelings of affection between the two. A small crush that takes time to develop. But this? This was love at first sight, quick denial, and extreme love again.
Anyway, sappy romance aside, I loved this novel. I hope the White Rose has many adventures planned for Violet!
Things I didn't like (spoilers): 1) Centers around young women being treated like property as they incubate rich babies. They are treated horribly in the book! Forced medical examinations and forced implantations for surrogacy. Kind of like medical rape. Young girls are forced to wear collars and be paraded like dogs on leash. Constantly belittled and spoken poorly too. 2) Male young adult is a "companion" for hire which includes servicing married women sexually. Really?
Yes, let us for the sake of entertainment, think about all the twisted things that could possibly exist in another world. There isn't anything positive or uplifting here to read. There aren't any redeeming encouraging themes or HEA in book 1. It's an ugly world. Book ends. You can see where this is going in book's 2 and 3. Making the escape and changing world order. Thing is... there is nothing here to push me to read the next book in the series except there is no resolution at the end of book 1.
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
What's it all about?
Violet was raised in the Marsh of The Lone City. What she has known her whole life is working hard to get what you want. For those living in The Jewel, they are royalty and are privilege with more than any one could know, but when Violet finds out she is a positive match for surrogacy her life is taken away from her. When Violet, or lot 197, has been purchased at Auction by the Duchess of the Lake her whole world turns upside down. She has been taken away from her friends and family and her identity stripped away. She is nobody, or so she thinks. As light starts to form in her dark world things only seem to get harder for Violet. In this tale of survival, servitude, and forbidden romance what is Violet supposed to do when the tides turn from every hating her, to everyone wanting to save her?
The Best Parts:
Can I just say how much I hate The Jewel, and the royals, and the auction and everything about this book? But can I also say that all of these horrible things together created a wonderful world that I was able to get lost into for a few days. Violet’s stubbornness is known throughout all the characters and the reader as well. I loved that each character had their own traits and you could pick them out even if you didn’t know their names. I love that this story line had a romance in it, but didn’t dwell on it. The romance was a consequence had a major play into other things happening in the novel and not the other way around. It flowed so perfectly till the end, and oh my god the end! If I could just tell you what happened I would, but my god even I was screaming at my book. Perfection is what happened for this cliffhanger, and when I say cliffhanger it is not with the faint of heart. Like I’m freaking out that the next book is months away. I. NEED. TO. KNOW!
The Worst Parts:
I truthfully have to say that I loved this book a lot. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like, but a few things that frustrated me a little, but seemed to fix themselves over time. The beginning is a little off kilter, as to the pacing of it and the style that it is written, but once we get to know Violet al of that changes and you are truly brought into the story. Throughout the novel there were a few instances that I wished had been elaborated on, rather than just told to us, but it was made up with the elaboration of other scenes, that were probably far more better.
Final thoughts ...
This novel definitely takes everything from many different YA Dystopian novels, but what is great is that I didn’t notice until reading the description on Amazon, that it really does incorporate some of The Handmaid’s Tale into it as well. This novel is one I think girls of any age can quickly get into. It only took me a few days to read it, but that was because I had to work and didn’t have multiple hours just to indulge myself. The second book to the series, The White Rose, comes out October 6, 2015, so soon!
The first thing I thought of when I saw the cover for The Jewel, was the blatant similarities it had to Kiera Cass’s The Selection series. The dress, the auction, the overall feeling of it all screamed of The Selection—and while The Jewel does have a lot of similarities, Ewing created a fantastic new story that’s uniquely hers.
One thing I wasn’t really expecting was the whole political aspect of The Jewel. Yet it’s so eminent that without it we wouldn’t have a story. Being a dystopia, I (of course) figured that politics would make an appearance. However, I was expecting more of a forbidden love story-type novel, and while that is an element in the book, Ewing spends the majority of the novel crafting such a world filled with political ambitions, backhanded compliments, violence and carefully-concealed smiles that suck you right in.
In the same way I was pleasantly surprised with the prominent presence of politics in The Jewel, I was also a bit surprised in regards to the romance. Violet’s love interest doesn’t come into play until more than half-way through, and while their forbidden romance is certainly a catalyst, Ewing’s focus on Violet and her experience at being thrust into a brand, new world is what really sets the stage for the whole book.
Needless to say, I loved Ewing’s amazing story and captivating world-building. There’s still a lot we have yet to see, and I can’t wait to see what surprises Ewing has up her sleeve for the sequel.
I don't like the world. Women seem to have the power, but not really. It's pettiness and jealousy and all about who has more and the best. It makes women appear to be exactly what we have always been portrayed to be concerned more about how we look, what we have in terms of jewels, gardens, potential children, clothing, mansions all those things mean power. But. at the end of the day, it's the men that have the power to make the rules. At least, the women have to have the man's name behind them in order to make the rules. So it's nothing really new. Female slavery, female treachery and conniving, it all leads to a very unflattering picture of women in general with men stepping back to allow the women like cats to fight it out for themselves. I don't know what the outcome will be, but with the events at the end of the book I was shaking my head, disappointed, but not surprised by the turn of events given Violet's selfishness.
The idea is certainly new to me and horrific, girls are taken at a young age and sequestered from their family to be raised so that they can hone their "gifts" and talents and then go to be auctioned off in a room full of women, known from then on as a number only. Everything is done to make them lose their identity so that they become property, lose their sense of self. What happens to them after they give birth to the precious children is unknown. Each girl is treated differently by the woman that purchases her. Some are pampered, some are treated little better than slaves and none of them are allowed to talk to each other despite having grown up together. The cruelty is endless. Death is not uncommon as the women are cutthroat about having the child that will marry the next ruler. The sooner the child is born, the better. Science and deviousness mix into horrifying experiments until Violet and probably many of the girls fight for their lives.
While this wasn't the story for me, I am sure many readers will be intrigued by the story line. Surrogacy and slavery, power and loss of identity and a rebellion in the making. The writing is good and the topic is interesting, give it a try if you find that it is something you want to tackle. Don't be fooled by the cover, though. Much like the dresses, the homes, the makeup and jewels that the women that purchase girls like Violet have, the book cover is just window dressing. It's not telling you what's inside. Read it for yourself.
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