Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Published by HarperTeen on September 2, 2014

Summary: "The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for."  --From Goodreads

What I Loved:
The premise.  Although it could be said that it has been done already (A Handmaid's Tale), I truly enjoyed this dystopian version for young adults.

The ending.  It was a great cliffhanger ending, and I can't wait to read the second book.  I want to know how it ends!

What I disliked:
The romantic relationship.  This was a fairly common complaint on Goodreads from people that read this book.  The relationship between Ash and Violet seemed too instantaneous to be completely real.  It will be interesting to see who the author adds as the second boy in the love triangle.  Let's be honest, all books like this have a love triangle.

Overall.  This was a likeable book for those readers that can't get enough dystopian novels in their life.  I'm really interested to see how the second book will compare to this first one.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my library.

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