Published by Entangled Teen on October 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: NetGalley, Blog Tour
My content rating: YA (Implication that characters have sex, but nothing at all is shown or really even talked about)
Princess Vela's people are starving.
Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one.
Now the king is dying, too.
When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.
Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…
This book has such a unique concept. In a futuristic sci-fi world where food is scarce, scientists have come up with an interesting solution: a genetic modification that will allow a person to process food more efficiently, and then the nutrients that the person extracts can be used to create a nutrition pill that will feed the masses.
My favorite aspect about this book is the moral quandaries that are created by the scarcity of food. Everyone in this society has to make sacrifices: Some people sacrifice years of their life, others must give up the pleasures of eating real food, and a few give up life while still in their prime in order to sustain the life of the king. The people and the government have to make tough choices—in some ways it reminded me of (a slightly less brutal) The 100 in that way. There are no easy answers, and that’s what makes it interesting.
I did see most of the twists coming (but I find that’s often the case). Still, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the journey to see if my hunches were right and to find out exactly how those twists were going to come about. I was able to zip through this book because I was so engaged with the story. And the ending was just as satisfying as I was hoping it would be.
This sci-fi dystopian explores the lengths humanity might go to in order to survive and the complicated lives of the people in power who have to make the difficult decisions.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About The Author
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.