by Amanda Thome
Summary from Goodreads:
What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?
One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.
Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.
Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?
Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start! If you liked Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination.
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Series: Worlds Apart (book 1)
My Rating: 3 stars
Ruination was a entertaining dystopian read; however, some of its elements reminded me of other popular books in this genre like Divergent and Hunger Games, especially in the beginning of the story.
I did not particularly like the main character, Nessa. She did not think before doing and as a result some of her decisions were questionable. Like, why would you even think about giving your crush the equivalent of death berries just for a more thrilling scavenger hunt? Garrett was equally foolish for accepting the dare, but geez.
However, I did like Tyler. He was the voice of reason a couple times, which is good. And, while the romance between him and Nessa happened quickly, it was explained well, so it never felt like insta-love. Plus, he didn't act like a lovesick puppy about it; it's clear that he loves Nessa, but he isn't annoying about it.
Garrett I think I would have liked if we had seen more of him. It seems like he will be a main character in the rest of the series, but not necessarily in this book. (Kind of like Gale Hawthorne was in Hunger Games, if that makes it any clearer) Though at times he seemed like a bit of a cliche, I still thought that he and Nessa were cute together at the beginning. I honestly haven't picked a team in this love triangle because they both seem like good guys.
The plot, near the beginning, bares some resemblance to Divergent, and there are some Hunger Games elements to it as well. For example, they have to take a test that kind of resembles what Tris had to go through in Divergent. Hunger Games wise, there's a corrupt capitol with a bit of an eerie resemblance to Panem, churn berries that are basically death berries, and Nessa's weapon of choice seems to be the bow. Plus, the Leap was reminiscent of the Reaping. So I was a bit wary that this would be a bit too similar to those stories at first. However, it ended up branching off from those nearer to the end. Still a bit formulaic for Dystopian--girl is different/free thinking in her bleak community, realizes that the government sucks, tries to take it down, love triangle--but it never entered ripoff territory, and really, who am I to complain about Dystopian being formulaic? I love it even when it is. Dystopian is my bookish chocolate.
The science fiction aspect of the book was certainly a unique concept; I liked that it didn't completely overtake the storyline, either, but still played a pretty important role in the story. I prefer action to paranormal-y stuff, so that's probably why.
There were a lot of run-on sentences in this book. I have been getting a lot better at tuning those out lately, but they still bothered me. Some readers will be bothered by this, and some won't. It really depends on how strict you are about grammar, I suppose.
The ending was a nice resolution with a little cliff hanger. I think I would have been more excited about the cliffhanger if, well, it wasn't so apparent that there would be a cliffhanger, and what it would be. You can just kind of tell by the direction the book ended up taking with the romance. Still, not a bad ending.
I might go forward with this series because I do want to know where the story goes from here. I think it has the potential to be quite good; Ruination is, in my opinion, more of a warmup for the rest of the series, but I still enjoyed it.
About the Author
Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Co
lumbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.
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