By: C.J. Redwine
Pub. Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier,
is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared. Logan
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
In the city of
I loved Rachel! Her father raised her to be strong and independent. She's kick ass and can protect herself in any situation. Because of everything that happened to her in such a short amount of time, I can understand the reasoning behind some of her choices. Some were stupid, but again, they were understandable.
I loved the romance between Logan and Rachel. They have known each other for years but ever since Rachel told
The Commander is a terrifically written villain. He's scary and brutal! The things that he has done to people are heartbreaking, especially when you learn the full story of what happened to
I also thought the cover was perfectly simplistic in a big way. Does that make any sense? I really got a sense of the story from the cover. The artistic department at Harper are geniuses!
I would HIGHLY recommend