What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is very unique, but at the same time similar to numerous other dystopians. I was reminded of Matched, The Testing, Nil, The Jewel and various other books. Even though this book is so similar to many other books, it still felt unique.
From the get-go, the book grabbed my attention. I was immediately curious about this society and with the characters. We get a point-of-view from Nessa, Ty, and, very rarely, Garrett
Nessa is the main character. She wishes to do well on her test and make the leap into Central (which is basically the rich area). She's a strong character, but not at first. She grows so much in this book.
Garrett was a great character. Although, we didn't see as much as him as I wanted. He's Nessa's childhood friend and, eventually, love interest. I loved their relationship!
I didn't like Ty at first. He seemed a bit too obsessed with the lep and Nessa. Eventually, he grew on me. <highlight to view spoiler> and I ended up kind of upset when Garrett was back in the picture.
As you might be able to tell, there is a bit of a love triangle, though it's not overwhelming. I get the feeling there will be more in the next book. I did have a few issues with the romance, with that I felt like it was going to quickly. Though, a year does go by, so I don't know why I feel that way.
The pacing was very odd in this book. At times, the pacing is very quick. Othertimes, very slow with little to nothing happening. The beginning is very intriguing, then the middle drags. The end? Yeah, there's a cliffhanger.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. The story, while has been done before, was still very interesting. The characters are all great and I did root for the romances, even though it did feel a bit fast at times.
I will definitely be continuing this series!
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing