Saturday, 5 January 2013
The White Lilac
From the day 15-year-old Caryn Tobin watched her best friend drown, she has carried two weights: a fear of water and the responsibilities of the oldest candidate in the Compound, a leading power on Beta Earth. Caryn is determined to live up to her friend’s memory, even if it means forcing herself to train in the water every day in order to protect the other girls so they can live and dream.
After nearly 3,000 years on the first colonized planet, there is still a deadly toxin in the air poised to wipe out the world’s population and it is the Compound’s purpose to train candidates from birth to gather the underwater cure. All the candidates compete for the chance to save the world, but only one can win and the winner will not survive collecting the cure. Caryn has to win. It is the price she must pay to atone for her part in the drowning.
Yet moments after sealing her own fate, Caryn is offered an opportunity to see the planet and leave the Compound for three days. In the city she meets Kai, a 16-year-old street kid, who is searching for answers to his past. They form an unlikely friendship and Caryn realizes she has dreams of her own. Her decision is further complicated when she discovers the Compound has been experimenting on the very people they are sworn to cure. Now she must choose between her sense of duty and her heart, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
I received this book free from the author in exchange for and honest review. At first as I stated this book I will admit that I was not sure I was going to enjoy it but guess what? I was wrong I really liked this book and I read it very quickly.
I found Caryn to be a very interesting character a young girl who was bread and trained to be killed saving the world and then she is given a chance to see the world and she stumbles upon Kia a boy who is just trying to survive and somehow they end up helping each other more than once and discovering many new things about themselves and the world they thought they knew, it was a very interesting ride and it was fun to see them both grow throughout the story.
I must make a confession.. the science geek in me loved this book there was alot of talk about DNA and poison which all sounded so real and cool I loved every minute of it. I also liked the government control part of the book it was subtle until it was necessary to bring it forward and all the betrayal at once was emotion over load and I had to finish right away.
Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this great book :)