Let me start off by saying that I didn’t know if I wanted to read this book or not. I originally bought it because I really liked C.J. Redwine, and she was really great on Twitter. I bought this book with a mere glance at the blurb—and that’s not like me. So when it arrived in the mail, I put off reading it for as long as I could. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But the cover was so beautiful, and I really suck at not giving in to books. So I opened it and was sucked in to a world unlike any other.
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.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.
Age: 13 years and up
Seeing the story grow and evolve from both Rachel’s and Logan’s point of view really added more depth to the plot. I loved knowing what was happening inside both of their heads and hearts.