Description: In the times after the reformation, the leaders of the new world have created the perfect society. There is no exaggerated wealth or famishing poverty. There is no starvation or crime or disease. The citizens of the sectors are secure and well nourished, forever protected by the life the Monarchy have so gracefully afforded.
No one mentions the things that are lacking. Constance thinks about it often.
At the age of sixteen, Constance is snatched from her family in a twisted ceremony called 'Removal.' Forced to reside in the Citadel, the fortress of the Monarchy, she faces a brutal induction to evolve into a soldier of the Brigade; sworn peace keepers of the sectors. While she grapples with the feeling of revolution that rage in her mind, Constance is trained by Calloway, the guard with an elusive past who shadows her every move.
Remaining peaceful, however, is the last thing on the minds of the inhabitants of sector six. Uprisings and rebellions are common place with her own kinsfolk being injured and killed as a consequence. When the time comes, Constance must decide which side she will choose in a battle that will determine her future. It is a choice that she should never have to face; weighing her own life against the lives of those that she loves.
Lindsey's Review: 3.5 Stars
When I first started reading Monarchy, I almost couldn't get past the first chapters because it was so much like Hunger Games. One of the best things about dystopian literature is the ability to create a unique and compelling world, with an entirely new culture, history, and social structure. Granted, it is tough to be completely original, but this book had so many similarities, it was painful, even down to the phrase "May the odds always be in your favor" was emulated with "May you always be graced with their approval".
But I continued reading because the author is a skilled writer, and as I read, I began to enjoy the world she created, regardless of its close similarities to other popular dystopian fiction. I also began to care for the characters she crafted, and wanted to find out what was going to become of Constance, our protagonist, and her friends.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I was a little perturbed by the abrupt cliffhanger ending. Personally, if a book is part of a series, I like to see at least some sub plots resolved so I feel like it is a complete book, rather than just half of a book I need to pay more to continue reading. This book just stops at the climax, and I'm not sure when the next book will be released. If you enjoy YA dystopian books with a little romance and teenage angst combined with action, this would be a great read.
Many thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book for review. "May you always be graced with their approval"!