“A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.”
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I was lucky enough to read this book after the author reached out to me and provided me with an ARC. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.
I have been reading a lot of dystopian books lately. I don’t always love them, but I did find this one to be intriguing. I do wish there was more explanation in the first few chapters that there is a difference in time. I did have to go back to read this part again. When I go back in the book, it breaks the draw to a book. There were several moments where I was on the edge of my seat and ready to jump off the cliff with the characters. I was thinking, “okay here we go.” I found myself extremely happy with how this book turned out. As someone who is not a huge fan of dystopian, this is a serious surprise.
The only section that was hard for me is that time slip in the beginning. I needed a little more clarification. The switching of people did throw me, but I was able to catch up. I didn’t like the section where I did have to play catch up. Overall, I found this book to be one that I can read again and still enjoy it.
My Rating: I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. There were some moments that were confusing, but I could catch up and still enjoy the book. I would read it again sometime soon. It was a marvelous adventure in a crazy world. If you love dystopian, I would absolutely recommend this book to you.