Sunday, November 25, 2012

Renegade by J.A. Souders

Renegade by J.A. Souders
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teens

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.  But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.  Her memories have been altered.  Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.  And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.  Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.  -

Loved it!  This book was just a powerhouse of adventure and it completely swept me away from the very first page.  I loved, loved, loved the characters in this story.  Well, except for the bad ones, of course.  They were really evil.  But Evelyn and Gavin were amazing.

Evelyn was absolutely brilliant, intelligent, and able to reason her way through the various twists and turns of her story, the obstacles in her path, etc.  You really don't expect this from her at the outset because of the way her circumstances started.  You think she's a mousy girl with little in the way of original thought, but this isn't her fault, and of course, you discover that there's a lot more to her initial personality than you might have thought.  How she is able to climb out of that, peeling back layers of her own personality to reveal such a stunning mind, was amazing. 

Gavin was the perfect foil to her.  He's had freedom, had a normal life, and been places that Evelyn thought no longer existed as a civilized world.  He is patient with her, gentle and kind.  Watching the two interact together, with her discovering emotions and her own personality, was gratifying.  Especially considering there's a rift between them that is not of their own making, and they have to figure out a way to surpass it. 

The character of Mother horrid.  I hated this woman and wanted her to get her own in the end.  I can't really go into much beyond that without ruining the story for us.

Bottom line, this was an amazing story filled with suspense.  After the first couple chapters, where things are being set up, this story was just one big adventurous quest!  I was on the edge of my seat for the entire read, right up until the last shocking page.  Wow, amazing.


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