Three Star Review: The Union (Volume 1) by T.H. Hernandez
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Released: November 18, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Length: 354 Pages
Format: eBook, Paperback
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After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins. Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others. When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself. Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
Review by Lissa
You meet Evan, a seventeen year old girl who has no idea what she wants to do in life. I can relate, I still have no idea what I want to do. She lives in the Union. After the second civil war, the Union was for the privileged.
By some miracle her crush, Bryce starts to talk to her. He gives her a reason, to go somewhere new and figure out what she wants. Who she's suppose to be. While traveling with some friends, it just so happens that Bryce is also traveling on the same train.
Evan is kidnapped by some guys and led to the ruins.
It seemed a little slow going at first. I was waiting for something to happen. I just wasn't engrossed as much as I wanted to be in this story. The story itself is interesting. That there was this Second Civil War and there's The Union and The Ruin. But everyone in the Union thinks there's nothing out there. Which is pretty similar to other Dystopian type Young Adult books I've read.
Evan does eventually get back but she's leaving so much behind. I can understand her reluctance. The story does have a lot of twists, that you really don't see coming. Overall, it was a good read.