Published by Harper Collins on January 20th 2015
The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.
After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, these sixteen-year-old "LTs," are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: "LTs" doesn't stand for lieutenants but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.
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I’m honestly not sure what it was about this book that made me want to read it. Something must have grabbed my attention since I requested it for review! Well, it is now over a year later and I finally read it! I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say that I loved it. I also don’t think I’ll read the rest of the series. That said, I can see this appealing to a lot of people so definitely give it a shot!
So first off, there was a lot that happened in this. There were times where it felt like one thing too many. There were times when I thought things were wrapping up and the end was near only for something else to happen. With the type of story it did make sense for things to just happen a lot, but it would’ve been nice for there to be a bit of a breather (not so much for the characters since that wouldn’t have made sense for their story, but definitely for the reader). A lot of the moments were really sad as well. I can only imagine what kind of mental head space these kids are in after everything they’ve gone through. I wish the book would touch on that a bit more.
The romance was probably the main issue I had with this story. I think it was pretty unnecessary. Anytime the romance would kind of become the focus, I would definitely lose interest and want to start skimming. The almost love triangle did not help either. I wish the focus was more on the characters and their backstory and how they are handling it all and getting along and all that jazz.
I did like Cat and his backstory. He would be an interesting character to learn more about. Dozer really bugged. I liked how they were all able to really group together and be a team to get where they needed to. As far as why they didn’t see if it was a place worth bringing everyone else to even gathering supplies before going back, I have no idea. That was a really weird decision for them to all make. It was a quick read at least.
Overall, it was an alright book. I can see some people really loving it and others not liking it at all. Definitely give it a try if you like survival stories with romance and a dystopian landscape!