“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. “
This is one of the first books I picked up when the dystopian craze hit and ever since I read it it has set the bar very high.
This really is my favorite book of all time. I enjoy that you get two characters and both are so realistic, making them easily relatable. What I really love is that this book doesn’t just appeal to one gender over another (not that books do but it gets both perspectives). It was personally the first one I read that did this and other books are now going to be doing the same at the end of a series rather than the beginning (ie. Allegiant, which is still a great series).
The plot isn’t something so farfetched either. It is certainly plausible and possibly makes it that much more interesting. June is an amazing heroine and it is intriguing to see her struggle and grow. Day is an excellent counterpart to the Republic and their voices really give the reader a feel for what it’s like during this time for both the rich and the poor.
If you’re going to want to read one novel, this is the one. (Then you will have to read Prodigy, then Champion, because they are just that good.)