Published by Scholastic
Published On: April 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
For some reason the main male character in this book reminded me of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. But in a good way? Very strange. I really loved him though and I’ve added him to my book boyfriend list. He was such an interesting character! You could never tell if he was lying or tricking someone (most often he was) but at the same time he could really surprise you! He really made this book for me.
I loved our main character as well. I loved that she was always underestimated for being a girl but she was still SO awesome! She would use the fact that people assumed that because she was a girl that she wasn’t strong or smart. She took that and became super awesome and saved so many people! It was really cool to read.
I also really loved the world in this book! It was as if France was back in the dark ages again. Technology was destroyed and feared but had existed at one point and there was a scary ruler who liked to chop peoples heads off. How cool does that sound??
Bonus points for not being a part of a series!
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that the beginning was a bit slow. There was enough interest to keep me going but I can see how some people would get bored and stop reading. (Though I hope you don’t!)
I’d recommend this book to any dystopia lover who is tired of all the dystopia books taking place in the U.S.. It gets a bit tedious reading about the same kind of society all the time so this book was really refreshing for me. It also reminded me why I loved dystopia books in the first place.
This was a surprising read for me. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I think in the end, it was the romance mixed with all that action that made me fall in love.