Title: The Surrendered
Author: Case Maynard
Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016
After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.
Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.
Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.
Vee has been at the Mills with her twin since the age of ten. Their parents surrendered them because they could only afford their younger sister. The Mills has been a horrific place for the past six years, and when Vee discovers a girl that has been mistreated actions take place and leaves no room for them to turn back, so Vee and Ramsey escape with Vee’s younger sister who also just got surrendered. They meet up with a new group that Vee hopes will help to rescue her twin who has been accused of a crime he did not commit.
I loved this book! I have not read a good YA dystopian book in a while, and this one actually felt like one that could be real. The mistreatment of children made it seem so horrific that that could be something that could happen one day.
I really liked the main character Vee. She was strong and not selfish at all and would risk her life for the ones that she cares about. Her mouth was one that could get her in trouble, but she just spoke how she really felt, and when things were not right she would speak up.
Cason was one of my favorite characters! He could get a little jealous at times, but after everything he had lost it is understandable that he would not want to lose Vee. There was romance between them, and it did not over power the story in any way at all. Also I was glad to see no love triangle! There was some pretty special moments between them that I really liked.
There was also plenty of action and betrayal that kept my hooked on this book and did not want to put it down. Some of these characters I wanted to go into the book and shake myself because of what they did. Ramsey was one of my other favorite characters, and I would have liked to have learned more about her because she was awesome.
For the first book in the series it is off to a great start, and I loved the writer’s writing. The descriptions weren’t overly done, and I could imagine myself being in this world. The villain which is The Master made me feel a real sense of hate for the things that he did. I definitely recommend this book to pick up and read.
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