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Published by Simon and Schuster on September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.
Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.
As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.
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Greta lives in Canada and is the princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy reign. All the countries in the world have their children who are holed up on a farm where they wait to die by the hand of the Keepers. Eventually Greta’s whole world is turned upside down when an American boy Elain comes in and is tortured. The aftermath created when an AI called Talis created by the U.N. takes over the world. Bombing cities and even entire countries if needed. Suddenly she realizes there are more sinister things at work than just her regular day to day life.
The greatest part about this book is the world building. It was seriously one of the most interesting takes on how our future could be. I loved how it wasn’t all dumped on to the reader like most dystopian novels. It’s done in mere trickles. Considering how slow paced the novel was, finding bits and pieces of how and why the world came to be was surprisingly effective. There are also quirky weird parts like the Children of Peace who end up busy mating goats.. It made me laugh though.
As for the characters, I couldn’t get a good read on most of them. They didn’t reveal too much of their back story and I had trouble remembering them all even the secondary characters. I did like how there was an LGBT relationship. That’s rare to find in dystopian novels. I only wished there were more development for each of them. And the plot was super simple but with the type of world building it had, it made sense not to make it over complicated.
Overall, if you like a different take on a dystopian novel, pick this one up just for the world building. You won’t be disappointed.