“The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold”
That strap line alone would entice me to read this book, and having read it now I agree with the comparisons to The Selection and The Handmaid’s Tale, I’d also say it has shades of Megan MecCafferty’s Bumped in there too.
Violet is a wonderful character and I loved seeing the Jewel through her eyes as she tries to adjust to this new world into which she is forced. Amy Ewing has created a world in which girls like Violet have no choice in their future, they will become surrogates for the Royalty and the way in which this is described is brilliant – it felt scarily believable. The main plot is interesting, and lots of sub-plots add further intrigue! The last few chapters really ramped up the pace and the cliff-hanger ending left me wanting to move straight onto book two! The only problem with reading proofs is that it’s always so long before the next book comes out! I will definitely be reading the next instalment and I have bought about 6/7 copies of this to give to friends, it’s fab!