While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
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.
What I expected to be fantasy turned out to have elements of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic influences, and it created something I’m not sure I have read before – and that’s always a good thing.
I didn’t love how this book started, it was kind of choppy and I felt like impressions of characters were a bit forced, I think a lot of it though was me adjusting to the writing style. The characters in this make a lot of mistakes that anyone can see are going to cause more trouble, but it’s fun seeing them work their way out of it and learning from their experiences.
Both characters show a lot of growth throughout the book: Logan learns that solitude doesn’t always keep you safe from heartache, and Rachel finds that there are still things worth living for when it seems all hope is lost. Though her obsession with revenge really irritates me, and I have a feeling it won’t end with this book. She seems to forget about all the people she loves and cares about and what her death would do to them when she risks herself without a plan, and its infuriating. I hope to see more of Rachel’s impulsiveness countered by Logan’s logical approach to the world in the following books, and am interested to see how they deal with their new roles. Though we all know things always get worse before they get better – especially in the relationship realm, and the second books are always the worst for couples.
The villain in this I feel is really one-note. We don’t know what fuels him to be so bad, and I hope we see some of that in the next books. He’s also kind of stupid, I think a lot of that stems from his giant ego, but I don’t understand his belief that Logan and Rachel won’t confide in each other. This wasn’t a life changing or thought provoking book, but it was entertaining and fun and I will continue the series, especially for more Willow, she’s definitely my favorite character.