Published by Harper Collins on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopia
The Selection meets The Handmaid's Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold.
The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess's control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.
Like the summary said, this book has a little bit of The Selection in it, in which girls would have to leave their families if they have something genetically special in them. The difference though, between that series and this series is that The Lone City series is more…… Horrifying. Scary. HAHA.
I mean, these girls are surrogates, meant to reproduce babies for the royalties, who are NOT nice at all. From the start of this book, I was hopelessly in love with the main story and its character, Violet. From the first page of this book, you would know that she would be unlike any other girls, but that she would also have her flaws.
Violet was certainly not kickass. But she knew what was wrong and what was right, and that got her into trouble a little bit too much. Also, she cares about others more than her own self, which is quite evident in this book. She was, I would say, humble. She would pick family over any richness and jewels and fanciful gowns in the world.
The romance in this book was QUITE of an insta-love. Well. Not really. It’s more of an insta-like. But it wasn’t annoying, it was pretty sweet and scary at the same time because it was…. FORBIDDEN. But I wouldn’t tell you who is the guy, HAHA. Let that be a surprise. But anyway, YEAH. Throughout the whole book, I loved the politics aspect of it, the way each Houses had to fight and manipulate their way through just so their “daughter” would get to be engaged to the Electress’ son (who is still a baby, whaaa.)
But omg, I received the eARC of the second book already, and I am absolutely gonna dive into it right nowwwww. *disappears*