Thursday, June 20, 2013

Renegade by J.A. Souders Review

Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: E-book
Page Count: 364 pages
Source: Borrowed
Series: The Elysium Chronicles #1

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.


Wow that was beautiful and sick at the same time.

Don't let that pretty cover fool you. You might think that this is sweet. You think that this is just about love and happy endings. NO! You're wrong. Their little utopia, is sick and twisted and too perfect.

Evelyn is a 16 year old girl who's been trained to Daughter of the People in this underwater dome called Elysium. In this utopia world everything is perfect. Perfect genes, prefect gardens, perfect life. The reason for this is so the people can have "the perfect" baby with blond hair and same blue eyes everyone have. If I lived there I would've gone insane already.

I hated Mother so much. She's manipulating, evil, perfect, twisted, and just grr. I hate her so much and how controlling she is. She has the nerve to alter everyone's brains and memories by brainwashing them! These experiments she does just makes me want to slap her on the face so much. Either she's power crazy or has a big OCD problem.

So how does Gavin get into this mess? Gavin isn't from Elysium. He's a surface dweller and he stumbled upon Evie's world. Then he's turn in for questioning ordered by Mother and Evie and Gavin's interest in each other actually saves him from being executed. In Elysium, there's this thing called "coupling" where at a certain age they start producing babies with their so called perfect genes. Both Evelyn and Gavin are a coupling because of Mother's orders. When Evelyn starts to realize that Mother is a monster, this little utopia is nothing but perfect and her memories being altered, she and Gavin tries to escape but Mother is making sure they won't get out alive.

The romance between Gavin and Evie is kinda like love at first sight but then Evie's memory is altered and then they start to talk about themselves and their world. When Evie saved Gavin she was fascinated by him and didn't feel threatened at all until Mother brainwashed her that Gavin is nothing but a lifeless being. From there on Gavin knows something is wrong with Evie so he helps her and then their relationship start to progress.

I cannot wait for the next book after that sad but happy ending.


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