Title: The Letting #1
Author: Cathrine Goldstein
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: December 15th 2014
Genre: YA, Dystopia
My Rating: 4/5 stars (B+)
What if the Devil doesn't know he’s the Devil?
This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.
Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…
Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?
I received an ARC of The Letting fro YA bound books in exchange with an honest review.
This book is different than anything I have read lately. It is showing a darker, scarier aspect of how the human race might end up to be. The word Selfish is taken to a new level.
This book is like the story of Elizabeth Bathory , who killed virgins for her youth , with some kick ass plot twist.The story fellows Veronica, who is a legend for sending the greatest amount of Lettings. What is a Letting? Something like getting blood withdrawal ! She used to think that she was serving the society, which turns out to be wrong. She is serving the government, yeah, but since it is a Dystopian novel, then it has to be a corrupted and serving its own agenda.
The only thing i did not like is how Veronica was so desperate to please everyone. She bored out with how everyone who point her previous mistakes, she had the surge to apologize. However towards the end, she seem to have gone through some development in her character, making this book carry some great character development within it.
The world building was great. The way the author captured how simple the camp was and how fancy the houses and people on the other side were is amazing.
The story did not miss the element of Romance. Phoenix, who started as hating and despising her, ended up falling in love with her. However, he did not show it first. he was able to hide it under his previous disgust with what veronica has done in the past. On the Other hand, the person ruling this messed up society falls for veronica. Although he is supposed to be evil, yet the authors finds a way to make you like him at some points.
I did not know that there was a second book until the last page! The book ended with a cliffhanger that haunted me for a couple of days.
I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to read book 2 when it come out.
I give The letting 4/5 stars and a (B+) according to my own rating scale.