Friday, December 28, 2012
by J. A. Souders
Published: 11. 13. 12 by TorTeen
Pages: 364
Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
*a copy of this book was received from TorTeen for review. THANKS!*

Inky's Blurbings:
I. Heart. This. Book. Seriously. I heart Jessica for writing it. I had like an EPIC blast reading it and I can't wait for more EPIC Gavin book two!!! I mean this book had everything I could possibly want in a YA novel. Suspense, a crazy amazing bad guy, a hot boy, romance, action, secrets around every corner, a crazy ending.....ack! This book will always be in my heart. From this day on now and forever more...yeah we get it. ALWAYS. End of story.

I thought that the idea behind this book was very intriguing. Not so much the dystopia aspect, but the underwater aspect. Why? It's NOT ABOUT MERMAIDS! Phew! Not that I have anything against mermaids, but it's kinda hard to find a non-cliche mermaid book at least in some aspects.... okay moving on. Anyway it's this big glass dome underwater! Totally like when you're in an aquarium and there's the big glass wall so you can look at fish and sharks...except this time it's the whole ocean, and if it breaks you are DEAD. Kinda awesome right? (Not the dead part of course.) So there...

Anyway, it's an insane picture in your head, with Nemo and Dori swimming above you and whales trying to eat them, and beneath the glass you have a monster. Named MOTHER. Personally, I think that Mother is one of the BEST villains I have EVER READ lately. She's intense and villainy, yes, but she has a good connection to Evie and that is why it works so well! And I think that naming her Mother was a stroke of genius, it shows that connection. It gave Evelyn a struggle to accept the fact that the villain is someone normally so close to her. Hands down she's extraordinaire. And we know how I feel about extraordinaire

Time for Evie. Nice little perfect Evie in a perfect world. I liked her. I thought she had a good narrative voice, and although she didn't connect to me as easily as I would of liked (being that she could have had a little more character development), she was still a fabulous person to experience the story from. Especially when we started experiencing Gavin. 

Gavin. My dear sweet boy. WHY?! Tell me WHY? WHY are you so amazing? Why are you already taken with Evie?! Can't I have you? PRETTY PLEASE?! I mean he's such a Gavin. And I'm a sucker for Gavins. I blame Fablehaven. I tell you it's a hot name, and luckily this boy fits the description. He's got character, and lots of character that I can't WAIT to learn about him in the next book. He's loyal an kind and yes he's blonde. Which I can forgive... because he's so not BLONDE. He's a smartie, and just as good as the candy of the same name. Let's just say I like him. Dearly. Ah Gavin....

AND THEN WE HAVE THAT ENDING!! Oh my cheesy cupcake. Most of it was easy to figure out, but that TWIST. UGH. I think the scene after it just made things worse. *dies* Can't I have the next one NOW?!!! We don't even have a title or a cover yet! This is Sadness. I don't know if I can wait. Someone save me. Or just get me info on book two. But whether I die or not, let's just say that I loved this book. And I'm very psyched for the next one. 

Content: Mild
(a few instances of mild language, innuendo. Kisses)
5 Stars

I loved this book! Have you read it? Do you want to? Do you agree? Disagree? Spill the beans! Happy Weekend! XOXO,


  1. EEEE! Inks! This one sounds FABULOUS! I actually haven't read very many reviews on this one, so I DIDN'T KNOW THAT IT WAS ABOUT AN UNDER-FREAKING-WATER DOME! I'm excited to read it now! :D

    Terrific review, Inks!

    Megan@The Book Babe

  2. I LOVE YOUR REVIEW SO MUCH!!! Seriously, this book is great. The whole dome thing is so cool. The whole time I was reading this book, I was imagining being in that dome. Why the hell don't I live there? I don't understand. Someone go build me a fucking dome.

    And yes, I agree about Mother. What a crazy psycho. I loved it. O_O


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