The premise of this book has a similar background to other dystopian/post-apocalyptic/ different kind of world. It doesn’t really say if we’re living in the known world, but a city called the Jewel and its adjacent circles. Kind of like the Districts of The Hunger Games, only that the city is a circle and the other lower classes live surrounding that circle. The closer you are to the Jewel the richer you are, but the opposite occurs the farther you are.

Some kind of disease affects the upper class, and they need to purchase surrogate (like slaves) mothers to have children. That’s were out protagonist comes in. She was selected to be a surrogate due to her supernatural abilities. The selected surrogates can do things with mind control and they spend several years in an institution prior to being auctioned off to the highest bidder to conceive and give birth to their children. What they don’t know, is that there a many dangers to being a surrogate, perhaps even death after childbirth.

Our main character, Violet, comes from a poor family; she leaves them to be a surrogate, and is bought by a rich lady (I can’t remember her name right now). She goes on to live with her family, not knowing what to expect,
Surrogates are like dogs, they’re taken out of the house on a leash on their necks and they aren’t allowed to talk on social gatherings.
As the story progresses we learn along with her that not everything is how they told her it was going to be, and she finds solace in people in the palace, but not without putting them in danger as well.

Without giving any spoilers, I thought this story has different elements to any other dystopian novels. I enjoyed reading it a lot because it presented unpredictable twists and turns, and that’s what made it entertaining. I feel with certain dystopian books there’s a love triangle, or a predictable love story, a perfect protagonist, etc. but not in this book. If you’re looking for a fast easy read but very deep and entertaining at the same time, I really recommend this book! The sequel is already out!

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