5 out of 5 stars A gripping YA dystopian novel
Azalea Rose is no different from all the other gestates. Even though she’s been gifted a name by Mr. Northup, she’s still only a slave. She exists for one reason – to serve.
We never find out how Azalea spends the first seven years of her life, we assume it was in training to be a gestate – which is a cover-up word for slave. She’s been told her life has no value, that she is only here to serve her family. Outwardly, she accepts. Inwardly… that’s another story. The gestates are designed so that they can’t lie, so Azalea knows that she is faulty because she lies every day!
In a few weeks, she will turn sixteen and will be removed from her current family and placed with people who will pay more for her. She doesn’t want to go, but she has no choice. She accepts and bows her head. But not long before she is due to be taken away, she overhears her owner talking about the neighbor and how he is being dissolved. Turmoil erupts inside her, for Mr. Northup is the only person besides Hastings that has ever shown her kindness. Under cover of the largest hurricane ever seen, Azalea sets out to rescue Mr. Northup even though she knows it will mean her death.
Although the pace is purposely slow, this story is gripping from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day! Thank goodness for days off, lol. Great characters and very easy to read. I can’t wait for book 2!
Totally gripping, highly recommend for dystopian and Sci-Fi fans.
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