Thursday, 15 November 2012

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A Souders

Pages: 352
And as if the book wasn't amazing enough
Its wrapped in this stunning cover!
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release: November 2012

Thanks to the publisher for the Review Copy :)

Plot: Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s believed that everything is perfect. Her world. Her people. The Law. But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into Elysium’s secluded little world, Evelyn comes to a startling realization: Everything she knows is a lie.Her memories have been altered.Her mind and body aren't under her own control.And the person she knows as Mother is a monster. Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb...and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

Good Points: I really loved the first couple of chapters how they were written the same because it helped provide an insight into how Evelyn lives indoctrinated almost into a state where she thinks her mother and Elysium are perfectly good and normal. Also because its written in first person this adds again to the reader really getting into Evie's head and understanding her character to a point where you understand and feel her changing moods. I loved the underwater setting and Evie's character definitely turns into a pretty kick ass heroine within the book which I absolutely loved! The supporting love interest, namely Gavin a surface dweller adds to the tension and I really liked how it didn't follow my predictions as to what would happen within the story which led to a couple of surprises and more than a few twists and turns along the way.

Bad Points: In the beginning I thought it was a little mermaid-y but I think overall it was pretty damn good! Gavin's southern accent did annoy me a little too but I wouldn't say it drew away from his overall character however the plot at times did get a little repetitive but if i told you why that would be a spoiler ;)

To Sum Up... I really loved this book and I was actually pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got into it. The characters were interesting and I liked how the author didn't shy away from making it a little bloody, though little is rather an understatement...
 So basically, to conclude, if you're looking for a book to get lost in and fall in love with the characters and they're story, then this is definitely the book for you.
Renegade is out November!

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