Summary (from Goodreads):
“The truth will test you…
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.”
I thought this was an incredibly fun story. As far as dystopians go, it doesn’t really tread new ground per se, but it was fun to see the parameters of this particular world.
The fact that the citizens of this world are the descendants of survivors of a Noah’s Ark-type flood, the Healing, and that they are a polytheistic society (referred to collectively as the Gods) was very interesting. What was even more interesting is the fact that the world destroyed is our world. And what was bitterly amusing? The fact that the people of this world, our world, were viewed as pagans who worshiped Apple and Coke.
This is the first book in a new series and I can’t wait to see where book two goes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a title, synopsis, release date or even Goodreads page, so I’m guessing that there’s a long wait ahead of me.
Speaking of Goodreads, the reviews of this aren’t great, but don’t let that dissuade you. It isn’t the new Divergent, but it doesn’t have to be. What it IS, however, is a fun story well told. Recommended.