Author: Monica Leonelle
Publisher: Spaulding House
Genre: YA Dystopia
How I Read It: ARC received from the author – The views expressed in my review are mine alone and I have received no compensation for these opinions.
Synopsis: Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland.
When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
My Review: Ima has a relatively normal life – she goes to school, gets jealous of the pretty girls, and tries to sneak out to concerts. Her home life is less than normal, with a very submissive mother and excessively abusive father. She spends most nights sneaking through the vent to her best friend Dash’s place just to avoid the stresses of living in that kind of home.
Ima’s life changes forever when a mysterious hooded stranger saves her life and takes her into a world she never knew she could be a part of. It’s the kind of fantasy we all probably had when we were teenagers, except she gets to live it for real!
I liked this book, and had a good time reading it, but I do wish it had been longer. I didn’t love the pacing at times, I was a bit confused as to how much time had passed at several points in the story. I would have also enjoyed more character explanation – it would have been so fabulous to see more background between Ima and Dash in particular. So really, I think the book could have done with another hundred or so pages.
This is the first of a series, so a lot of what we see in this book is designed around continuing the series – which is another reason it would have been awesome to have more background on our main characters. I wanted more of an emotional connection to these relationships, and because this wasn’t there, I had a hard time really understanding the pull for a lot of the decisions Ima was making.
That all being said, I think it’s a promising start and builds a decent foundation for the rest of the series. It ends on a cliffhanger and I’m definitely intrigued enough to read the next one when it comes out this summer. The author is also doing a giveaway associated with the release of the book, so y’all should check it out!
Read this book if: This is an entertaining, fast dystopian/scifi read. I think fans of those genre’s, particularly in the YA area, will enjoy this one.
My Rating: 3/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun!