Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Renegade by J.A. Souders


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.


Published November 13th 2012 by Tor Teen (first published August 20th 2012)

The Elliott Review:

Intensely readable and fast paced, this story unveils a dystopian world unlike any other I have read so far. Evelyn is living in an underwater society closed off from the rest of the world. Her Mother, the ruler of this city, has its inhabitants under close watch and strict rules that must be obeyed or else. Evelyn has basically no memory of her past, and the glimpses she remembers leave her confused about her role in her Mother's rule of the city. 

When she meets Gavin, he causes her to question her role even further because, although he is a Surface Dweller, he doesn't meet the expectations she has of Surface Dwellers due to what she has always been taught. In fact, his descriptions of his life above the surface sound rather pleasant, and he's in fact quite yummy.

I couldn't stop reading as Evelyn and Gavin race to safety amidst many secrets and lies.

Source: Thanks to Tor Teen for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review. 

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  1. I am so glad to read this one was so thrilling. I thought it looked really unique and am glad it is such a fast-paced read. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. This just sounds so fascinating to me. There aren't many YA stories that take place in the water, so I am super excited to check this out. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  3. Super excited to read this- the setting sounds amazing. Thanks for the review :)

  4. I loved this book. It was a wild ride. I can't wait for the next one.

  5. I'm currently reading this one and so far I think it's great. Good to hear you liked it!

  6. My copy is on my way and now I definitely can't wait to dive into the story! I like the idea of an underwater utopia.


  7. I've been dying to read this one! I've heard such awesome things about it. great review and thanks for the giveaway :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

  8. I don't usually read underwater tales because they usually don't agree with me, but there is something about Renegade that makes me want to take a chance on it. And all of the awesome reviews, including yours, makes me curious!

  9. I love YA books and this one looks good. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  10. I've read some great reviews on this and am excited to read it! I love a good dystopian, and I'm hoping there's some romance.


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