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The Lone City 1: The Jewel (The Lone City Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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The Synopsis: What more could you want from a book? illicit affair, star crossed lovers, glitz and glam, Handmaids tale and the selection all rolled into one. It had me so I brought it on Ibooks.
Violet has grown up in the marshes, the poor part of her "country" but for some reason the royal families in the Jewel "The elite families" Can no longer have children, so they test children from the poorer areas for signs that they have powers called Auguries. These special children are then locked away in holding facilities until they come of age and then they are auctioned off to the rich so they can be come surrogates, the girls don't get a choice in this life and some are horribly treated at the hands of the families.
My Review: Yes pretty glittery dystopians have been done to death lately, but Amy Ewing brings a new gust of life into the genre, Amy doesn't really focus on the growing up part of Violets life as most do, although she is upset to leave her family.
Violet is thrown into the glittery world of The Jewel, world of wealth and excess and horrible people. Violet grows up knowing that she is special and will become the surrogate of the royals, so it is no surprise, what is a surprise is that some of the surrogates start to die, because the royals are jealous or just vicious.Read more ›
I really got into the book and enjoyed it, with an interesting and unique plot, well rounded characters you can sympathize for and well written. However about halfway through I found myself increasingly annoyed at Violet, while she started off as a strong character she quickly deteriorated into the damsel in distress, and the story began to focus much more on the relationship between Violet and her love interest. This isn't a bad thing, I mean it is tagged as romance! But Violet as the strong female protagonist changed completely when she fell into the trap of girl in love.
Nevertheless, The Jewel was a good book and I don't regret reading it.
I am happy to have read it, I really enjoyed the original storyline. How awful it was for these girls to be nothing but a pet to the royals who use these young girls to surrogate for them. They are a piece of property and they are treated as such. Some worse then others.
I found it to be a bit emotional, I was a little surprised to find tears in my eyes during some parts of the story. These girls have no say in becoming a surrogate, if they have what is needed to become one they are taken from their homes and put in facility of sorts until they are old enough to birth a child.
It is not only the surrogates that have such a crappy life in the jewel their are other characters in the story who have to do, and become things the would never have chosen for them self had they had a choice.
I enjoyed Amy Ewing's writing style so much I read the book from start to finish in one reading session. I look forward to the next book in the series.
If you are like me and were sucked in by the cover, and the storyline but turned off reading it because of the reviews then I suggest you give the book a try. like me you may be pleasantly surprised by it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I had to describe Amy Ewing's debut novel, it would be "The Handmaid Lite." In most other ways, "The Jewel" is a pretty standard young fantasy novel -- a vaguely... Read morePublished 5 days ago by E. A. Solinas
Best book I've read in a really long time! So good and keeps you on the edge of your seat!!!Published 7 months ago
TRIGGER WARNINGS: This book contains human selling, eugenics, prostitution, sexual abuse, and miscarriage - thus they may also be referenced in this review. Read morePublished on 25 November 2014 by Tez Miller