Started: June 11, 2016
Finished: June 15, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did!
This book is almost/kind of a retelling of The Handmaid’s Tale, but with magic. In a city-slash-country surrounded by the sea – and protected by high walls – the royals are unable to carry children themselves. But some women from the poorest zones have a gene that allows them to do it for the royals and thus these women become Surrogates to the royals. The main character Violet Lasting is such a character and quite early on in the story she is sold to one of the Duchesses in the Jewel, the center of the city where all the royals live. Soon she discovers that the child that she is supposed to carry is meant to be a vital pawn in the Duchess’ game to seize power – and Violet has no choice but to play along.
Through Violet’s experiences we get to see how little the poor people mean to the rich, how first impressions can be incredibly deceiving, and that in this world it’s every man for himself. Or is it?
The thing that pulls down my rating of this book somewhat is the fact that it has an element of insta-love but unlike in other cases I was not put off by it. In fact I saw it as a natural thing to happen seeing as Violet and the guy in question are treated like nothing but objects by everyone else but each other – of course they are instantly drawn to one another!
Also, guys, this book has a KILLER CLIFFHANGER! I need the next book ASAP!