Did you enjoy Divergent and The Hunger Games? Do you enjoy dystopian books with romance, mysterious powers, and action scenes? If you answered yes to those questions, chances are good that you’ll enjoy this book. Ruination is about Emma, a 16 year old girl who is about to take a test that will determine her fate for the rest of her life. If she is the top female test taker, she will be allowed to “leap” into Central, the place where people are rich and have the best quality items. If she isn’t the top test taker, she will have to stay in Inner, with no hopes of ever moving into Central.
We, the readers, learn that Emma’s best friend is Garrett, a blonde boy who apparently has all of the girls swooning over him. Of course, why wouldn’t he? Aren’t most guy best friend characters swoon-worthy? Well, maybe not all of the girls. After all, Emma hasn’t succumbed to his charms…yet. She would rather focus on preparing for the test instead of getting into a relationship. But, a couple of days before the test happens, Emma finally decides to let go of her hesitation and kiss Garrett. The sparks fly between them, of course, and Emma wishes that she hadn’t waited such a long time to kiss him. Garrett then promises Emma that no matter what happens, he will stay with her. If she leaps into Central, he will leap with her. If she doesn’t leap into Central, he won’t either. It’s a very touching moment, but of course, there has to be some sort of twist to the story.
The twist comes at the ceremony when everyone finds out who is supposed to make the leap. It turns out that Emma and some random guy, Tyler are supposed to leap. Emma’s heart feels as though it is breaking, and she decides not to leap, so that she can stay with Garrett. A couple of seconds later, Tyler decides not to leap, causing Garrett to be forced to leap without Emma.
While the above three paragraphs may sound like a spoiler, I promise you, I didn’t reveal anything too important. The majority of the book takes place after the ceremony and…well I can’t tell you that part! All that I will say is that Emma has a long, tumultuous road ahead of her.
One of the reasons that I liked this book was the fact that I was able to relate to the characters fairly easily, especially Emma. I could feel her heart breaking at certain moments, yet I could also feel her resolve and determination. I loved the fact that she wasn’t a crybaby, and instead tried to muster up her courage in order to save…I can’t finish that sentence. Sorry, I don’t want to give you a spoiler! 😉 I also liked Amanda Thorne’s writing style and was able to visualize all of the settings. Her words flowed well and allowed me to feel as though I was inside of the story. I will say that there were many parallels to The Hunger Games and Divergent, which did annoy me slightly, but then again, I’m just one of those book snobs who loves seeing completely unique ideas with no parallels anywhere…which is pretty unrealistic.
Overall I liked this book; I just wish it contained a bit less parallels. I give it 3/5stars.
Amanda Thome is the Author of Ruination, book one in the Worlds Apart dystopian trilogy. Amanda grew up in Maine and later moved to Pennsylvania where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College. She later received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Amanda currently resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Clint.
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