Author: Theo Lawrence
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Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book. It should have crawled its way to the top of my To-Read pile long ago!
From page one until the end this book had my attention going and I couldn't stop reading. In one sitting I finished this beautiful tale that completely swept me away with Lawrence's beautiful writing style and very realistic characters! And the best part? The way he wove paranormal into the dystopian world and made something completely original!
The tale begins with Aria Rose, the young daughter of a powerful family in New York City's dystopian future. Global warming has taken place and the majority of the streets are flooded with water, and the seat for mayor of the city is up for grabs. But the political weave is complicated when a group of citizens, called mystics, are involved. These mystics hold power that Aria's father drains in order to keep the city energized.
Aria is suffering from memory loss and her family keeps convincing her that she is in love with her family's rival, Thomas Foster, but something in the story that they told her leaves Aria feeling doubtful. And then she meets Hunter, and her entire world is shifted around.
Now Aria begins to unravel the tangled weave that her family has created in order to uncover not just her lost memories, but as well as come to terms with all those that she loves and lives with.
This book completely took me by surprise. I couldn't believe some of the things that Lawrence threw into this novel. The way he developed the characters were both real and sometimes even scary, just because that is how people behave.
He struck deeply not only with the global warming that is going on right now, but as well as political battles that take place everyday and people don't even know! And I could very much relate to Aria. I felt for her and everything that went on around her. A daughter one minute to a political pawn the next.
This world came alive and whether or not it could actually happen is something that is unknown, but I don't doubt for a second that there was some truth in Lawrence's novel.
This book is one that should be put on someone's TBR list. I am so glad I read it and I can't wait to go out and get myself a copy because this is a book that belongs on everyone's bookshelves.
And be aware that it isn't just the political games that are being played that take center stage. The romance between the two protagonist was so cute and one could just feel how real their love is. And the best part is that it wasn't even insta-love! They actually got the chance to know each other and relate, despite differences!
Theo Lawrence is officially a favorite and I will have to keep my eyes on him!