The before was years ago. Pressia can't be sure if the memories she has of the before are her own or the combination of others memories she's heard. She knows the now very well. The death spree, the fused bodies, the lack of food, and the requirement that she turn herself in when she turns sixteen. There's no point, of course. If she does, they will kill her as a live target. So she might as well run.
Partridge remembers the before well. He remembers his mother taking him to the beach and the song she sings to him. But that was before and now his mother is gone - lost outside the Dome trying to save others. But when a comment makes him think she may be still alive, he must find her. But how? Once Partridge meets Pressia everything changes.
4 stars - a great read
This book is a puzzle - a masterful puzzle. Nothing is as it seems. What it seems is very disturbing. A dystopia society that is far worse then most I've read, this book creates an incredible class war between those who were protected and those who have suffered through the devastation. The characters are strong and emotionally compelling. The story is twisting and turning.
I became friends with Pressia and Partridge. On opposite sides of the class war, they are real and caring despite the cruelty all around them. I found myself routing for them and hoping that they would be successful even as I wondered what success would look like. Who should they trust? Is there a master plan being followed? It's the kind of story where you can look for the clues and piece them together. I like those kind of stories. I like to discover the truth of it and this one was one surprise after another. Nice.
If dystopia is your genre, then this is a must read. If you like a little mystery though in, then this is a must read. A masterfully brilliant story that will have you turning the pages quickly to figure out what is really going on.
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