The Surrendered by Case Maynard

“After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Meaghan here with another Netgalley book! Really been liking these lately! Haven’t had one bad one yet!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Stars (Out of 10): 9/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This book actually made me want to start reading Dystopian again. I have read so much of the same thing over and over, that it felt like dystopia was just a formula that writers kept filling in with different names and backstories. Over time, without really meaning to, I stopped reading as much dystopia as I once did. However, this book seemed almost like a breath of fresh air! It didn’t end with everything be overthrown (yet), or the main character being the chosen one or something. All the characters seemed to be important actually, which is also something I really like, since I sometimes find Dystopia to mainly stress the importance of the main character and no one else. Overall, a good and strong read, with tons of interesting plot twists and events to keep interest up!

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: I thought the world building was really strong, and I loved how interesting the plot was! The characters were also really unique, and kept me interested in how their lives would unravel and twist with the events of the plot!

The Bad: I didn’t really care for Vee at all in the beginning, which made the beginning of the book tough to read. I also felt she was super quick to judge, but I get that since she came from hard beginnings.

The Characters: While I didn’t like Vee at first, or how quick she was to judge and provoke fights with the people helping her, I did like everyone else. I also loved the relationships between everyone, from the new ones between Cason and Vee and Ramsey and Vee, to the longer ones, such as Vee and her “ex” mom. The romance didn’t take over the plot, which can tend to happen in dystopian a lot, and the relationship between Vee and her mom seemed to actually reflect one in which the mother gave up her children.

The Plot: I absolutely loved the plot in this book. Every chapter seemed to reveal something new, and twist after twist kept coming, right to the very end. Even after the conflict was resolved the book still kept throwing twists at us! The plot kept me hooked the entire time, and gave me a reason to read if the characters were annoying in a particular moment.  

The World Building: This was consistently strong throughout the book, which is another thing not all dystopian novels have. Often the world building and new facts die down as the book progresses, with some stopping completely. In this book, however, the author recognized that a constant stream of new information so we understand the world better and better throughout the world is the best path to take, as it kept the world interesting throughout the whole book!

The Favorite Character: Cason

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it!

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