After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.
This was one if those books where I wasn’t sure if I would finish it after a few pages. But turns out I loved the book. I really didn’t care for Evan in the first few chapters, she seemed very immature and annoying and every time she came close to Bryce her brain seemed to shut off. Luckily that changed after she gets kidnapped and that happens rather early in the book. She seems to grow and mature throughout the book and her adventure. But she still has her moments but by far not as much as in the beginning. Bryce, I really didn’t like, something was just not right about him which she thinks to. But yet she has a relationship (if you can call it that) with him. The whole Evan and Bryce thing didn’t do it for me it all seemed rather forced and way to fast. I’m not sure if it was meant to be part of the story or to make the book not as long. I hope it was for the story’s sake which kind of could make sense. The relationship with Cyrus was a lot different it grew slow and more natural and I liked that a lot better. I don’t even think there is any question between the two. Cyrus all the way. He teaches her so much stuff and not just about how to survive in the Ruins, but also about herself.
I enjoyed the world building a lot, it was familiar enough to ours but yet very different and somewhat unique. The story was also pretty great, a side from the beginning. Enough action, some minor humor, romance, but also some heartbreak and major twists in the story.
I was thinking about the rating and the beginning of the book would have been a 3★ but the rest of the book and story was a 4 ½★ , so I think I settle with 4★ which seems fair. I cannot wait to see what the next book reveals. I hope we will not have to wait forever for book 2 to be released.
*I received a free ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!