Published: November 18th, 2014
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
Its been a while since I had any real time to devote to just sitting down with a good book and falling right into their world. I find myself with some extra free time this time of year, so I was thrilled to be asked to join The Union Tour.
I will be honest it took me a few chapters to warm up to Evan, she came across a little weak, and a bit of a push over in the beginning. Like most heroines in YA novels Evan tends to act on her emotions and doesn't always have the full facts and ends up reacting before having a plan in place which ends up putting her in danger or gross over reactions to situations which leads to looking like an ass . She really starts to grow and find herself while in the ruins and realizes that maybe this is where she is suppose to be and who she is suppose to become. She is destined for more important things. While she can't ignore a possible uprising that puts both the people of the Union and the people in the Ruins in danger, she has no idea how to stop it or even how to go about formulating a plan. All Evan knows is that for her entire life everything she learned in the history books was a lie, and that people will go to great lengths to keep the ruins a secret, and now her life and the lives of those she loves are in danger.
I liked this book a lot, I thought the characters were well thought out, well rounded with great back stories. I will be honest I wasn't a big fan of Bryce there is just something about that guy I wasn't feeling it. The flow of the book was great making you excited for the events to follow leading into the second book in the series The Ruins. There was the right amount of action and adventure vs budding romance and teenage angst to keep you interested and wanting more. Highly recommend for lovers of dystopian and YA.
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating
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Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Union-Theresa-Hernandez/9780990868828