Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid of anything. Just that the fear doesn’t stop you from fighting for something you believe in.Porter
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
About the Book: In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
Rating: 5 stars
# of Pages: 368
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Age Range: 15+ (Violence)
Trigger Warnings: Torture
Oh wow, this book. When I first read the synopsis, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that it sounded intriguing and certainly like something that I would like, but of course, every book I pick up is going to sound like that at first.
The moment I started this book, however, it had me hooked. The worldbuilding is amazing. I don’t think I’ve fallen in love like this with the concept of a world in a very long time! Even though it was complex, it wasn’t difficult to catch on to, and the author made sure to include a glossary in the back of the book that explains the different terms (which I didn’t discover until I finished the book, but still, super helpful! Always check the back of the book, kids!).
When it comes to the characters, I loved them so much! Etta was such an amazing, complex character and it was wonderful watching her grow throughout this book and learn to forgive and love herself again. Ryder was such an absolute sweetheart! I loved her from the moment she showed up, and the way her story ends just might be one of my favorite things about this book. Reid was so sweet, and his story was such a great one. I loved the way he and Etta’s relationship developed; they were such an important part of each other’s healing. The rest of the characters were just as amazing – Greer, Etta’s mother, Penn, other characters whom I will not mention because of spoilers… As for the villain and the… morally grey characters, they were those characters you love to hate. They made me so mad and I loved it!
Plot-wise, I thought I knew where this book was going. Let me tell you, I did not. There is a major plot twist that threw me off so bad for a good chapter or two because I had no idea what to believe anymore. And usually I can guess plot twists, so this was a definite plus!
All-in-all, this book exceeded my expectations and I am so happy that I was allowed to read a review copy! I highly recommend this book!