Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders
Published 2012, Tor Teen
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.
Why I Read This:
Sounded like an interesting book, with the underwater world
Her life is just about perfect...until he showed up. A boy from above her undersea world. And now she keeps remembering things from her life that aren't so much perfect, as they are terrifying and sadistic. As Daughter of the People she has a duty to uphold. And Mother wont let her forget. Now, in an attempt to satisfy her curiosity and an unexplainable need to save Gavin, the surface dweller, she breaks all the rules and finds out secrets about this world that have her fleeing to the terrifying world above.
Though I had my eye on this book for quite a while and had certain expectations from the summary, I don't think anything could have prepared me for what lay inside these pages. For instance, I never expected there to be such a connection to some of these characters and then poof - they're dead! It was shocking! And that's not just after you get to know about them for a while. The first 20 pages were a little jaw-dropping.
This world is creepy. Not just because of the people in charge but also because it's built on the idea of perfection - and most of all, peace. The villain of the story is full out Bond villain. You know, the person who wants to create a better mankind - by doing it their way. Actually I couldn't stop comparing the villain of the story to a Bond villain, considering they live under the sea in a secret underground lair, attached to a volcano. But that just made it more fun to read.
It's so full of action and creepiness and innocence. It was a fun read and I highly recommend to those looking for something in a unique setting with unique characters. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.