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The Jewel by Amy Ewing is the first book in the Lone City trilogy. I picked up this book at the library after hearing some people's thoughts on it. At first, I was sceptical hearing the first line of the blurb "Today is my last day as Violet Lasting, tomorrow I become lot 197". This book is based around the protaginist Voilet Lasting a girl raised in the Marsh (the poor sector of the city) who is auctioned as a surrogate to the wealthy. Sounds odd, but strangely enough this was one of my favourite books I have ever read.
Violet follows a series of years of preparation in the lead up to the auction to brace herself for the strange nine months ahead of her. A surrogate for the Royals is a dream for many girls before they know their reality. Many believe that the good food and facilities are everything but not for Violet once she meets her barren owner the Duchess of the Lake. Yes owner - the girls are property. This touches the heart not only because of the beautiful soon to be love story but because of the idea of slavery. The royal women cannot reproduce meaning that they buy surrogates at "The Auction" whereby girls are ranked on their abilities and auguries (magic ability) results.
This book holds a stylist and guider which is Lucien (who reminded me of Cinna in The Hunger Games) but he was a lot more of an advanced character who really connected with Violet and kept her going throughout the tough times. Then Violet meets Ash who also has a story behind him. Violet is faced with the choice of true love or completing what the law and her destiny tells her to.
This book is beautifully written and I really appreciated it's ideas. With this, I contacted the author Amy Ewing via email to give praise and ask a few questions. After speaking to Amy who seemed really down to earth we discussed the novel and the second book's release date which is October 6th - a day after my birthday which will be a great gift! I then spoke to Amy about similar novel's of a dystopian style and she reccomended The Selection Series - which I am about to look into.
After some research - The Handmaids tale (an older book) of 1985 also is a fair contender with the idea of slavery.
So, everyone please read this book and let me know what you think!
“Afterworlds is a wonderful book for any young person with an interest in growing up to be a writer.”
—New York Times
Who has read this one? What did you think?
These 3 books have been very popular in the LRC since they arrived! Stephanie Perkins is developing a reputation for being the next big thing in Young Adult Romance. Who has read them? What did you think?