Release Date: October 29, 2013
Source: Soho Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Review Date: November 16, 2013
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.
When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a Maiden, slated for embroidery classes, curtseys, and soon a prestigious marriage befitting the daughter of an Aerie ruler. But Eva insists on honoring her brother by becoming a Testor. After all, she wouldn’t be the first Maiden to Test, just the first in 150 years.
Eva knows the Testing is no dance class. Gallant Testors train for their entire lives to search icy wastelands for Relics: artifacts of the corrupt civilization that existed before The Healing drowned the world. Out in the Boundary Lands, Eva must rely on every moment of the lightning-quick training she received from Lukas—her servant, a Boundary native, and her closest friend now that Eamon is gone.
But there are threats in The Testing beyond what Lukas could have prepared her for. And no one could have imagined the danger Eva unleashes when she discovers a Relic that shakes the Aerie to its core.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a courtesy in exchange for an honest review.
Things started well enough, but the pace was a little slower than I'd like. In all seriousness, the last 75 pages or so were the best part of the book. The story didn't really start getting really interesting until then. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Eva, and what happened to her brother. I wanted to know what she would decide to do once her life changed. Basically the would as she knew it wasn't really what it was at all. Eva feels like she's hit with a ton of bricks with the understanding that just been taught a bit fat lie, they all have for 100+ years. I wanted that turning point to happen earlier in the book some how. I get the purpose cliff hangers, but we didn't get enough of the "good stuff" in this installment.