I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Union by T.H. Hernandez
Series: The Union Series #1
on November 18th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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.
This book isn’t quite what I was expecting. From reading the synopsis, I was honestly expecting more… Divergent. Ya know? Something that’s been done before. The thing is… this isn’t Divergent. It isn’t Hunger Games, or any other dystopian YA book out there. It is its own story, and Hernandez has developed her own style of writing. Enjoy it for what it is. Unique.
The Union won’t be for everyone. It’s not crazy exciting or fast paced, but I don’t think it needs to be. It is almost entirely character driven, so it’s a good thing that the characters are really interesting. They’re flawed and dynamic, and very easy to relate to. Be forewarned: there is a fair amount of teen angst, but nothing I wasn’t able to work past.
There is a slow build to the chemistry. Very clean, no swears and no sex. This is more like a sweet-ish romance. Don’t compare it to something darker, because that will simply attract the wrong kind of readers. I am very much #TeamCyrus, but there is more story yet to be published. Plenty of time to change my mind. I wasn’t happy about the choices that Evan had to make, but under the circumstances I can live with them. 😉
The world building is really subtle and well done. I had a hard time imagining what the cities looked like, how the buildings are stacked. I love the very concept though! I’m really excited for where this book could be going as a series, and I look forward to revisiting where Evan’s story left off!
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they’re still figuring out life.
When I’m not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I’m obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.
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