Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: Purenet

Title - Purenet
Author - H.J. Lawson
Series - The Sanction Series #1
Genre - YA Dystopian Sci Fi
Published - December 30th 2014
Format - Kindle freebie

Purenet is one of six wealthy Sanctions, formed by the Emperor and the Untouchables after a devastating world war.

Only those born in Purenet have the privilege of living under the dome, protecting their bodies from the sun’s deadly UVA rays.

Skylier is desperate to escape her underground confines and save her mother’s life.

On a school visit, she hears something she’s not supposed to, and now she realizes that not only is her whole life a lie, but she is in grave danger… She doesn’t know who to trust, and her enemies are everywhere… even closer than she realizes.

Now she is in a race against time to save not only her life, but her mother's and those she cares about. And if she fails, she'll suffer a fate worse than death..."

Skylier lives in an underground community away from the sun’s hurtful rays while the wealthy live under the dome of Purenet.  On her eighteenth birthday Skylier will have the chance to join the wealthy in Purenet but to do that she will have to either be a host to carry three children or join the Bazi both options will give her the money she needs to save her mother who’s dying of cancer but she’s not thrilled about her options. While on an outing to Purenet she finds that she can communicate with a guard as the Chancellors son which instantly draws attention from both.

While Dax the guard wants to save her Xander the Chancellors son wants her to be his host. With the help of Dax and the grounders she is able to escape Purenet but not without becoming a prize that Xander is determined to have. Why can Skylier communicate outside her family? Will she save her mother? Is the sun really as toxic as the cave people are lead to believe? What other secrets will she uncover on her path.

I liked Skylier she’s all about helping her family willing to become a host if it means she will be able to save her mother. She’s easy to connect with you can’t help cheering her on as she escapes the guards. I wasn’t sure about Dax at first but he started to grow on me as well as Hayden as the book progressed.

I picked up Purenet as a kindle freebie just a few days ago because the cover was screaming to read me. I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels and the idea of a domed society I found interesting same with the Cueva and Grounders. I’ve found myself drawn to characters who have to rise up and fight the oppressive rulers. I felt the author did a great job creating a captivating story filled with action, mystery and a touch of romance. My only complaint and it’s a big one is that the book was way too short. The way the book is written it flows but it feels so rushed I love big books and wish that I had another couple hundred pages of story. I’m curious to see how the story will play out but I’m a little hesitant because the first was so rushed and short. As for a kindle freebie it was worth reading I enjoyed the characters and liked the idea. 

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