Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond their borders.
As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.
This is a great start to a series. I couldn’t put it down. The characters and the world Rori has created are great. We are introduced to Aloy as she prepares to take over her father’s position in government. She has to deal with a number of things. The main one being that no one finds out her secret. She has a few people she believes she can trust to help keep that secret but at least one of them is hiding something about themselves from her. She starts to wonder about who can or can’t trust. There are some great twists and turns throughout the book. Want to find out what happens pick up a copy you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
My debut novel, ELECTED, is book one of a young adult sci-fi trilogy, which challenges the notion of duty above desire. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I live in Maryland with my husband, two daughters, and two proficient hair shedders-Misch the cat and Gerry the ninety lb black lab. I studied public relations and marketing at the University of Maryland and received an MBA from George Washington University. Besides writing, I like to travel, run, read (of course), go pumpkin-picking and snow-shoe! You can follow me and my writing adventures atwww.rorishay.com or @RoriShayWrites.