Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Review: The Surrendered by Case Maynard

Publish Date: September 20, 2016
240 Pages [Kindle edition]
Published by Blaze Publishing, LLC

After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

My Thoughts:
I was gifted an ebook via Netgalley.
While I really liked the premise, I felt that the story lacked world building and it was far too trope-y for my tastes. Orphaned protag, instalove, brooding male love interest, (unnecessary) angst, and there were a few moments where one character physically assaults the MC, but that is brushed aside because of the character's past. I didn't really care for the impulsive MC, Vee, and felt there were many things that didn't make sense. I am sure the second book addresses a great deal of these and possibly does a little more world building, but I will not be continuing with the series.

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